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National Night Out brings together police and community members in Dubuque

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People in Dubuque at Comiskey Park for National Night Out.

While kids are running around, playing games and having fun -- Dubuque's police chief says it's about community. "Too often we just hear about the bad things that are happening in neighborhoods and communities, so, it's a chance for neighbors to get together, get to meet somebody, just have a good time," said Mark Dalsing, Dubuque Chief of Police.

It's a national event that started 33 years ago. For Dubuque, it's the seventh year. This time, in the north end neighborhood, one of the town's most diverse.

During what's been a tense time across the nation between the police and some communities, people say events like this are needed right now. "The children mainly are getting a glimpse of what to expect out of a community for their near future...which is togetherness, joy and good ol' fun," said Caprice Jones of Peosta.

The night is also about creating a safer town, and making relations between law enforcement and people in Dubuque, better. "They might have some other ideas about police, so we want them to see what we're really like," Dalsing added.

"All officers not bad. So this is a great opportunity and this is a great day," Jones mentioned.

National night out also took place in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Marion. 

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