Working together

National Night Out event set for Tuesday

“We’re all in this together.” That’s the message from Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper, who understands that whatever efforts his officers make in curbing criminal activity and/or solving crimes, can be greatly enhanced when community members are part of the solution.

It’s also why an upcoming event this week — National Night Out — is the perfect opportunity for fellowship and communication between residents and area law enforcement.

From 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Marshall County Crime Stoppers and the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA will be hosting its first annual National Night Out event at the Marshalltown Y’s parking lot, 108 Washington St.,

Area law enforcement officials will be on hand to interact with community members and answer questions regarding local efforts to combat crime. Community partners and law enforcement will be grilling hot dogs. There will be free T-shirts available for the first 100 attendees ad an area bike trail will also be in use for an informal community walk.

National Night Out is an community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

And let’s be clear — there’s a lot to be proud of here in Marshall County when it comes to law enforcement.

We have tremendous leaders in Tupper, Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman, State Center Police Chief Bunn and Melbourne’s Mike Ball, who lead top-notch agencies in the protection of all our citizens.

And with the recent successes of the Marshall County Crime Stoppers organization, helping to solve a number of crimes with the help of concerned citizens, we’re demonstrating the importance of working together.

“It’s my belief that in any community, everybody has a responsibility … we need to have partnerships with everyone to help combat crime,” Tupper told me.

And Crime Stoppers officials are looking forward to the upcoming event noting that they are “excited to work with community members, business partners and area law enforcement with the goals of enhancing community safety and promoting Marshall County communities as a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

“We can’t be everywhere at once, we really need the community to help us solve crimes. Crime Stoppers has been a great example of a community partnership,” Tupper added.

So, I’m hopeful that there will be a good turnout Tuesday. Sharing ideas, working together and showcasing the importance of community accountability will demonstrate why those who wish to do harm or ignore the rules of society will not and cannot win if we all stick together.

As a wise sage once told me: “Mano y mano, poco a poco, vamos a ganar.” Hand in hand, little by little, we will win.


Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or