Jackson County gathered last Tuesday night at the Lunda Community Park for National Night Out, which is a national initiative that aims to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Black River Falls Police Department, Ho-Chunk Nation Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol were the local police departments in attendance for the carnival, which included bouncy houses, K-9 demonstrations and good food.
“For me, it is a format where members of the community can come and meet their law enforcement officers so there is not a huge wall between us and the community,” Ho-Chunk Nation police chief Earl Lemieux II said.
Jackson County was one of thousands of communities that celebrated National Night Out.
It is estimated that millions of people participated in National Night Out events across the nation.
“It is a good thing for the community to meet with us and us to meet with them so we are all on the same page,” Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera said.
The event featured a good crowd, which was especially evident during the K-9 demo. Waldera noted it was very interactive and attracted a good crowd.
“We tried to show them that we are just people like them, that we are just out here doing a job,” Lemieux said.