Support of local law enforcement seems to be front page news these days, so does crime and violence in Rockford. If you want to meet some of our local men and women in blue plus learn about how they are combating crime in our neighborhoods, bring the family out to your nearest National Night Out celebration on August 2.

The purpose of National Night Out is simple; to promote safer communities and develop lasting relationships with police. They put their lives on the line every day for us, and deserve at the very least a thank-you.

Here are some of the National Night Out celebrations taking place in the Rockford area on Tuesday, August 2:

Rockford  - 6 to 8 p.m. at Keye-Mallquist Park at 1702 11th St. 

Roscoe - 5 to 7 p.m. at Life Church at 5910 Elevator Rd.

Machesney Park - 7 to 10 p.m. at Harlem High School

Cherry Valley - 5 to 8 p.m. at Baumann Park

DeKalb - 5 to 8 p.m. at the Target store at 2555 Sycamore Rd.

National Night Out is "America's Night Out Against Crime" so the more of us that show up for these community rallies, the better. It's the best way to show criminals that enough is enough and to show that your neighborhood is united against crime and violence.