OGDEN -- In a summer of blockbuster superheroes, Ogden city would like its residents to spend an evening getting to know the men and women in uniform who keep the streets in the real world safe.
The first Tuesday of August is National Night Out, a nationwide event to support the crime and drug prevention agencies in a given community. The National Association of Town Watch created the event 29 years ago.
Ogden's National Night Out takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lester Park, 663 24th St. Several law enforcement agencies and the Ogden Fire Department will be at the park with free food, games, a raffle and demonstrations by the police K-9 division.
"It's a chance for the community and law enforcement to join together and say that we are tired of (crime), and we're taking back our neighborhoods and we'll fight back," said Stacey Rice, head of the Madison Neighborhood Watch.
Since Rice took over the watch last year, she said there has been a noticeable decline in crime in her neighborhood because she and others keep an eye out and make it a point to call the police if they see suspicious activity.
The police cannot be everywhere, and if people want to live in a safe city, they need to report what they see, Rice said.
However, hers is only one of two active neighborhood watches in Ogden, though 20 are documented with the police department, she said.
"(Neighborhood watch) signs are still up all over the place, but things are not being reported," she said.
Rice's neighborhood watch plans to set up a table at Ogden Night Out to tell people about neighborhood watches and how they can get involved.
More than 11 other community programs and organizations also will attend. Children will have a chance to get up close to police, fire and search and rescue vehicles that will be on display.
Rice said there will be enough food for everyone, and that the raffle features almost $3,000 worth of prizes donated by local businesses.
South Ogden also will have its own night out event at 40th Street Park, across the street from the police and fire departments. There will be free hot dogs and drinks, a rock climbing wall, an AirMed helicopter and arts and toy activities for children.
People everywhere are encouraged to turn on their porch lights that evening.