EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Last night, communities across western Wisconsin came together for national night out. One of its goals is to connect community members with those in public safety, like police officers.

In Eau Claire, thousands of people came out to Carson Park to celebrate National Night Out. For those in law enforcement, the yearly event is an opportunity to talk with the community in a relaxed environment. 

“Unfortunately, we see most people in scary situations, so it is good getting to interact with people like this especially with the rest of the resources going to make our community great. It’s not just the police officers who are out there. They can go walk on a fire truck. They can go get on a plow and explore other things that make this community great.”

This year’s National Night Out in Eau Claire also featured inflatables, music and even a magician. Some community members also won bicycles in a raffle at the event.