ABILENE, Texas -

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Abilene Police Department is hosting "National Night Out" for the Abilene community.

Lt. Brad McGary of the Abilene Police Department Responsive Intelligence Division visited KTXS This Morning Tuesday to talk about National Night Out.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. The event is designed to promote neighborhood unity and police/community partnerships to keep Abilene safe.

There will be free food and kid-friendly activities. There will also be drawings for prizes donated by local businesses.

National Night Out will feature a discussion about crime in Abilene. There will be demonstrations involving various aspects of APD, including Taser, K-9, bomb unit, and a SWAT less-lethal demonstration.

Nationally, the night is known as America's night out against crime. It began with police departments encouraging people to keep their lights on at night to fight crime. This is the 29th year National Night Out has been celebrated nationwide.