On Tuesday night October 6, residents throughout Lafayette Parish are invited to join forces with the Lafayette Police Department, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, the Lafayette Fire Department and thousands of communities nationwide for the annual "National Night Out".

This crime prevention event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Neyland Park on Eraste Landry Road and Martin Luther King Center in Lafayette.

This event will include a visit from McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, as well as music, food, games, fun jumps and displays by the Lafayette Fire Department, the Lafayette Sheriff's Office, the Lafayette Police Department SWAT Team, Horse Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, Bicycle Patrol and the Police Command Bus.

Events will also be held in the City of Broussard, Duson and Youngsville. All events are free to the public.

"National Night Out" is the nation's largest annual crime prevention event with over 37 million people in 15,000 communities from all fifty states participating with their local law enforcement agencies.

It is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for the participation in local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit.