Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa held its sixth annual Tangipahoa and St. Helena Night Out Against Crime event Sept. 27 in Amite to celebrate the kick-off of National Crime Prevention Month, which began Oct. 1.

There was a Hot Wing Cook-Off Challenge and a Light the Night Glow Run 5K.

The family-friendly event was free to residents.

Participants were treated to free hot dogs, water and other treats. There also were spacewalks, balloons, face painting, games, giveaways and other activities for children.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit held a demonstration, and vehicles, fire trucks and safety equipment were on display.

Child identification kits and finger printing were offered.

“We wanted to have a day where all of our Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parish residents could come together and meet their local law enforcement and firefighters in one place where they can see all of the public safety, crime prevention and crime awareness resources that their parishes have to offer,” said Jodie Rohner, CEO and executive director of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa.

Nationally, Night Out is celebrating its 31st year.

National Night Out was designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send back a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods and communities are organized to fight against crime.