Yes, sometimes, these outfits were the real deal, bought for Halloween. Other times they were just a pair of underwear, a bandana and a squirt gun.
No matter. As kids, we all thought we were wicked crime fighters.
Perhaps we weren't entirely delusional. It's almost time again for National Night Out. That's when regular crime fighters (people like you and me) get together with professional crime fighters (cops) and celebrate all the good we can do together.
The cops usually talk to citizens and families about how to watch for crime and prevent it in their own neighborhoods. And if being a real-life crime-fighter isn't a big enough lure, Colorado Springs' celebration even has some fun toys for the kids (if you fancy the idea of being fingerprinted by your 3-year-old).
Here's the info:
The Colorado Springs Police Department, Target, and the National Association of Town Watch will be holding a NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICK-OFF event this Saturday. You can join other community members at the Target store located at 335 N. Academy on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. CSPD Crime Prevention, Office of Emergency Management and Code Enforcement will be present with safety information and give away items. McGruff the Crime Dog will be paying a visit and we will have child fingerprint identification kits and Neighborhood watch information available.
National Night out is always on the first Tuesday in August each year. This year it is Tuesday August 3, 2010. On that night from 5:00pm to 9:00pm citizens and neighborhood watch groups are encouraged to leave their porch lights on and have neighborhood gatherings.