On Tuesday, Aug. 6, Sterling and Rock Falls are participating in National Night Out.
National Night Out is a designated evening when communities come together to take a stand against crime, drugs and disorder in their neighborhoods. It encourages people to come out to meet their neighbors and to see what is happening in their own neighborhood.
There are six parks participating in these events this year. They are: Douglas Park, Lincoln Park, Propheter Park, Wallace Park, and Kilgour Park in Sterling, and Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Events for the evening will start about 5:30 p.m. and will include a meet and greet.
There are several activities and fun things planned at each location along with some food and refreshments. This also will give everyone a chance to meet some of our officials, and the evening will conclude with a walk through the surrounding neighborhood about 7 p.m.
The purpose for National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhoods by people getting to know their neighbors and making themselves aware of their surroundings. When neighbors come together, it shows a unity that hopefully will be a deterrent to those committing crimes by showing them we are organized and we do care. We can all reduce crime if we remember to “see something, say something, and know who your neighbors are.”
Thank you to WeCAN, Sterling Police Department, Rock Falls Police Department, Whiteside County Sheriff’s office, Sterling-Rock Falls Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, participating churches, city officials, and all coordinators and volunteers who are making this happen. This has become an annual event and one the community looks forward to participating in each year.
Note to readers: Doug Fargher is an operations lieutenant for the Sterling Police Department.