Authorities and the Casper Community Come Together

Once a year, an event is held to help promote safety and friendliness between law enforcement and the community.

Over the past few years, more stories have surfaced about police interactions with civilians, the negative overshadowing the positive. And with tonight's event, local police hope to show how special they're duty is.

"’National Night Out’ is really promoting getting our neighborhood out in the community and get to know their local public safety personnel,” said AJ Roddewig, Store Team Lead of Target. “And it's a great time to bond and learn about safety and promoting all the safety that we can be doing in our neighborhood."

“National Night Out” is an event taking place across the entire nation, to help promote camaraderie between community members and their local police officers and firefighters. This event is held every year on the first Tuesday of August.

"I think it's good for the kids to be able to come out and see what the officers do and check out their cars and learn about being a cop or a firefighter,” said local parent David Wilkison.

The event gave kids the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of police cars. And with many activities, games, food and entertainment, this easily became the biggest turnout that officers have seen in years.
Wilkison’s daughter Skyeleene expressed interest in potentially becoming a police officer after getting the chance to look inside a few squad cars and the fire truck.

"People do get a chance to come out here and see us and see that we're not just robots behind a badge. We're people just like they are,” said Officer Jessie Kler of the Casper Police Department.
This is the fifth year the event has been put on and has been the largest turnout of participants so far.