Members of the La Vista Police Department will be hitting the streets Aug. 6, but they will be handing out ice cream instead of tickets.
The department’s annual Roll Call National Night Out event will take place throughout the city from 6 to 9 p.m.
It’s the third year LVPD has celebrated the national event with its roll call event, in which they take the party to neighborhoods. Officer Dana Miller said the department will make six stops throughout the evening. She said last year they saw anywhere from 20 to 50 people at a given stop and hopes that number climbs this year.
“I think the response has been positive,” Miller said. “We’ve spread ourselves throughout the city and it’s allowed us to make more stops.
“We get about 200 people total, which may seem like a small number, but these are individuals who we know are involved in the community.”
Miller said the department plans on using more city parks, as opposed to residents’ houses, for this year’s event. They will make stops at three parks as well as an elementary school.
“We found out the parks were a great place to meet and greet and I think people feel a little more comfortable going to a park as opposed to a stranger’s house,” she said. “Plus, there’s places for kids to play while we’re there.”
Miller said LVPD will have its K-9 unit on display as well as motorcycle patrol and its utility vehicles on display. They will also be handing out ice cream along the way.
The evening concludes with the flashlight walk at 9020 Granville Parkway.
Miller said community policing is a source of pride for the department and National Night Out is another avenue to bring law enforcement and residents together.
“La Vista has always had a strong passion to be involved,” she said. “We don’t see this event as a job, we enjoy it.”
The times and locations are as follows:
6-6:20 p.m. — Ardmore Park, 6830 Michelle Ave.
6:30-6:50 — Central, 7702 Edgewood Blvd.
7-7:20 — Jaycee Park, 7105 Harvest Hills Drive.
7:30-7:50 — Portal Elementary School, 9920 Brentwood Drive.
8-8:20 — Harrison Hills, 6925 S. 115th St. Plaza.
8:35-9 — 9020 Granville Parkway (Flashlight walk).