The Arkansas City Police Department has big plans for National Night Out this year.

As in the past few years, a kickoff party will be held Oct. 1, followed by neighborhood block parties on Oct. 2.

“There are so many activities and sources of entertainment planned to keep all of Ark City amused for hours,” said event organizer and School Resource Officer Chase Hobart.

In 2017, Arkansas City placed 12th in the nation among cities comparable in size for having the best National Night Out event.

“It is my hope that we can beat that ranking this year and put Arkansas City on the map as one of the top parties out there!” Hobart said.

“I am fully confident that our community will come together and help us make this year an even better success.”

Last year, the National Night Out kickoff saw hundreds of people visit Wilson Park.

From free food, popcorn and T-shirts to performances by local schools, a dunk tank and inflatables, there was something for nearly everyone.

“After all, that is what this is about — the community and law enforcement coming together to build a relationship,” Hobart said.

“We’ve got a ton of new stuff planned this year. Be looking at the Arkansas City Police Department’s Facebook page for more details.”

National Night Out block parties

Hobart said ACPD also is trying to increase the number of block parties that are held in 2018.

“In the recent past, we’ve had approximately 18 to 20 individual parties, and the … department would love to see that number grow,” he said.

Planning a block party is a simple process, according to Hobart.

“All you have to do is volunteer to head up a party, send out invites in your neighborhoods and party on!” he said.

“Officers with ACPD will come by your party and enjoy each other’s company, along with bringing a tote of prizes to be distributed.”

To sign up, stop by the police department for a block party application or visit the city website to print one out and bring it in by Sept. 24.

“With that said, we have limited funds to make such an awesome event successful,” Hobart said.

National Night Out fundraising

As a result, ACPD is asking for help with the costs of this event.

“Whether you are an individual person, belong to a club or organization, or (are) a local business that would like to see this great community-police relationship continue to flourish, please consider giving,” Hobart said. “Give a lot or a little — all funds are going to a worthy cause.”

There are several levels of sponsorship:

  • bronze level — $50 to $99;
  • silver level — $100 to $249;
  • gold level — $250 to $499;
  • platinum level — $500 or more.

“If donating sounds like something you are interested in, please send funds to or contact (myself) or Officer Matt Mayo at (620) 441-4444,” Hobart said.

Checks can be made out to the Arkansas City Police Department in care of National Night Out.

The police department is located at 117 W. Central Ave.