STATELINE (WIFR) -- It's been a violent summer in the Stateline and that's brought about a stronger focus on crime. Tonight parents and kids from all over the area joined together with police for National Night Out.
From Rockford to Loves Park Machesney Park and Belvidere neighbors are coming together for National Night Out, making their communities a safer place to live.
"The only way we're going to be able to get a handle on things is to watch and be careful and say no this is my neighborhood and you're not welcome here. We won't tolerate crime," Cyndie Hall, Executive Director for Neighborhood Network, said.
For the past 30 years National Night Out has been bringing police and residents together nationwide, forming bonds necessary to keep crime down.
"The more people you get involved, the more eyes you've got that watch things, see things that shouldn't be in the neighborhood, people that shouldn't be in the neighborhood, people that shouldn't be there that don't belong there, call your police," Marty Mast, who organized Belvidere’s National Night Out event, said.
Although the night is all about strengthening neighborhoods it's also a chance for kids to have fun.
"We've been waiting in line for the ferris wheel. That was a big draw," Machesney Park resident Joslyn Huntsman, said.
On top of rides and games kids could also take a look at police cars, fire trucks, and the bomb robot. For some parents that interaction with law enforcement is just as important as coming together with their neighbors.
"As the mother of a young child you want to know that people are out there that are willing and able and excited to do their jobs and keep us all safe," Huntsman said.
The events covered all age ranges, from kids games in Machesney Park to a parade for senior citizens in Belvidere.
STATELINE (WIFR) -- Police departments across the Stateline are taking part in National Night Out.
It's an event designed to promote better communication between officers and members of the community and make our neighborhoods safer; a goal that's especially important in the wake of a very violent July.
Tonight we've got team coverage from across our viewing area. Here's a list of the locations where you can take part.
Parade starts at 5:30pm from the corner of Pearl Street and Sunrise Drive. County and city officers will be at the Pool Park until 7:00pm.
Free hot dogs, ice cream, chips and pop behind Loves Park City Hall starting at 5:00. There will also be face painting, games and giveaways. The event ends at 8:00.
Free hot dogs, cookies, and pop at the Machesney Crossing Shoppig Center. That's at the corner of 251 and 173. Kids can meet McGruff the crime dog and Sparky the fire dog, and check out quite a few police, fire and rescue vehicles. Starts at 5:00 and ends at 8:00.
Free food and activities for the kids at the Booker Washington Center on Kent Street. There will be live music, demonstrations and giveaways. It lasts from 5:00 to 9:00.
Free refreshments, boat rides, demonstrations, a dunk tank and face painting at Preservation Park in Beloit, Wisconsin. Starts at 5 and ends at 8.