Law enforcement, first responders celebrate National Night Out

SIDNEY, Neb. — Plenty of law enforcement agencies coming together for National Night Out in the panhandle.

The Sidney Police Department teaming up with the Sidney Fire Department, Cheyenne County Sheriff, Nebraska State Patrol and PlainsWest CASA for the event.

Kids could eat, swim in the pool, jump in the bounce house or even dunk a cop.

Sidney Police Chief Joe Aikens says National Night Out is an important event for the community.

"It's a good community event," Aikens said. "A lot of people showed up for it. It's a good deal. It's a good partnership between the state patrol, sheriff's department, CASA. It's just an excellent event."

PlainsWest CASA works with authorities through the court system. Director Krista Bruns says interactions with police may not always be pleasant depending on the circumstances. She says it's nice to see them with the public in a positive environment.

"When they can sit here and they can dunk a cop, drench a deputy and then just hang out with them and eat hot dogs, have the chief serve them hot dogs, they just get to see they're real people and they're very genuine," Bruns said. "It's an amazing group of guys to help volunteer to do this."

Sidney's National Night Out was just one of many going on around the country Tuesday night. The event promotes a positive connection between police and the communities they serve.