Hundreds of people will gather at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater for the annual National Night Out kickoff party. Starting at 5pm, there will be music, prizes, free food and demonstrations by the police and fire departments.
Alton Police Public Information Officer Emily Hejna and Police Chief Jason Simmons say the party is the precursor to Tuesday’s National Night Out.
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National Night Out is billed as a way to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, and to strengthen the ties between neighborhoods and local police, sending a message to criminals.