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September 19th, 2019

liberal night out 2018Families arrive in Light Park for the Liberal’s Night Out last year. This year’s Liberal Night Out will be Friday, June 28 with activities starting at 6 p.m. L&T file photo/Robert PierceELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

Law enforcement in communities all throughout the U.S. are constantly working to improve relationships with the communities they serve and soon, Liberal law enforcement will be hosting an event to help with just that. 

Liberal’s Night Out will be Friday, June 28 at Light Park and Adventure Bay Water Park with everything starting at 6 p.m. at the park. 

We're looking forward to it being a great time and we're hoping to see a lot of people out there this year,” Liberal Police Sgt. Chris Head said. “We're going to have a big slip n' slide, we're going to have a DJ playing music and we'll be playing a movie in the park when it gets dark and we'll be serving hamburgers and hot dogs to everyone along with a bunch of other snacks and food. We'll also have bounce houses and the mower train and the U.S. Army's going to have an inflatable obstacle course. We're still working on some final details, but there's going to be a lot of activities for everyone and it's going to be a really fun night.”

Head added staff is excited for this year’s event and offered encouragement for the community to turn out. Those wanting to set up a booth at the event can also contact Ronna Stump at the Liberal Recreation Center at 620-626-0133. 

“We want everyone to show up so they can talk to us and we can talk to them about anything and everything, which is great because it'll be a much less formal atmosphere and we want people to know they can come up and talk to us like regular people instead of seeing us as just police officers,” Head said. “We really want to keep building that relationship and this event is a great way to do that. I'm really excited to see everyone who comes out and I'm hoping everyone will have fun. We're going to also have an inflatable archery area with those targets and we'll also have representatives from the animal shelter out there with pets that will be adoptable that night. I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing how much bigger we can keep making this event.”

Turnout for past events has been very successful, Head said, and he added he hopes the event will continue growing. 

“Last year was really successful, we had a really big turnout and we want to see it get bigger and bigger every year,” Head said. “We gave out food to an estimated 2,000-plus people, so that means a lot of people came, even if they didn't actually get anything to eat. The crowds were huge last year and I honestly think this event will keep getting bigger and bigger in the future. It's not just the police department hosting this, it's really the entire city. City Hall has allowed us to host this event, the Recreation Center is helping us out too with booths and the games and everything. We want the community to come out so we can all just get together and have a night of fun and relaxation. It's a much better event when there's more people to share it with and we want everyone to come out that night.”

Overall, Head said, he is expecting a fun evening for everyone. 

“We want to invite everyone to come out that night and experience all the fun. Bring your family and friends,” Head said. “The more people we have come out to this, the bigger we can make it for the community for next year, and that's what we want to. We really appreciate the city for letting us host this event, we appreciate Chief Mulanax for giving us some of the guidance of getting this all set up and we appreciate City Manager Cal Burke and the Liberal City Commission for all they've done and approved to help us get this event going for this year. It should be a great night for everyone and I can't wait to see everyone who comes out.”

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