Grab your family and friends for National Night Out around the Treasure Valley. NNO is designed to bring community and law enforcement together. I'd say we could use this night to emphasize the good in the good guys and girls.

We all witness the negative and tragic things happening in our communities across the country. Tuesday is a national community event and the Treasure Valley will be standing together from Boise to Caldwell.

I've been living here since 2007 and there have been several moments that I have bookmarked in my mind. I'll go back to the first few years of our annual child abuse prevention campaign, Live For 175.

This would have been in 2008 and I was running 7 marathons in 7 days to call attention to abuse with our message, "It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child." I was running up Nampa Caldwell Boulevard and there was a police officer pulled off to the side waiting on me.

Sidenote: I ran 7 marathons in 7 days from Boise to Caldwell down the main streets to the back streets during child abuse prevention month. This began to cause traffic issues and we pretty much broke all the moving violations as I ran behind our video unit. I knew it was just a matter of time before the police said something.

I looked feverishly for that photo but can't track it down. I stopped for the officer and this dude was HUGE! I went right to him and apologized for the traffic jam and he stopped me.

I'm just here to support you Kekeluv. We fight against abuse and domestic violence on a daily basis. You're helping us in the trenches sir and for that I'm just here to assist in any way I can - Nampa Police

This is the attitude that I've received from our law enforcement and first responders since day one. It doesn't matter whether Ada County Paramedics were bringing me fruit during my 175 hours of no sleep or patrolling to make sure we were safe - We're lucky in the Treasure Valley. I think it's more important now than ever that we introduce our kids to these officers and first responders. I was just talking about Nampa and did you know their lipsync challenge ranks them top 15 by USA TODAY?

National Night Out is a chance for the communities to come together with law enforcement. Neighborhoods will meet up and barbecue, play games, interact with our police and fire departments. This is going to be a great opportunity to also assist in

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • A chance to participate and learn about local anticrime programs.
  • Bring neighborhoods together to learn about neighbors and police-community relationships.
  • Sends a message that not in our neighborhood.

There are neighborhood gatherings happening all over and you can find that full list below. Make sure to watch other local lipsync challenges below. If I missed anyone please send me an email with the link and I'll post it (kekeluv@gmail.com)