Hundreds attend Night Out Against Crime event

Fire Chief John Paul Jones attended the Night Out Against Crime event Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 18th and Ridge, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum
More than 300 people attended the national Night Out program sponsored by the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kan.-Wyandotte County.

Neighborhood groups and civic organizations were also there making this program a success. Civic and social leaders were in attendance. Even Target was kind enough to provide hot dogs, water and chips for those who attended this program.

Mayor Mark Holland made a proclamation that proclaimed Aug. 5, 2014, as national Night Out Against Crime.

This is a program that encouraged citizens to get involved whether it be a civic or community organization.

Even though it was Election Day in Wyandotte County, the turnout for this was still high.

Getting involved in the community causes crime to decrease, said Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Ellen Hanson. Because of programs like this that would encourage the citizens of Wyandotte County to get involved, the crime rate has decreased according to statistics. Wyandotte County has one of the lowest rates in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.

A color guard at the Night Out Against Crime Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard Armory. (Photo by William Crum)

Mayor Mark Holland spoke at the Night Out Against Crime Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard, Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo)

The Night Out Against Crime event was held Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard Armory. (Photo by William Crum)

Sheriff Don Ash spoke at the Night Out Against Crime event Aug. 5. (Photo by William Crum)

More than 300 people attended the Night Out Against Crime event Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard Armory. (Photo by William Crum)

Unified Government Commissioner Jane Winkler Philbrook talked with Fire Chief John Paul Jones during the Night Out Against Crime Aug. 5. (Photo by William Crum)

The color guard at the Night Out Against Crime Aug. 5 at the Kansas National Guard Armory. (Photo by Natalie Olds)

Fire Chief John Paul Jones spoke at the Night Out Against Crime event Aug. 5. (Photo by Natalie Olds)

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