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      Police get out and about with community members

      The Marquette Police Department was celebrating National Night Out a few hours early on Tuesday.

      National Night Out is a community and police-based event aimed at bringing neighbors closer together and watching out for each other. The police department has hosted the afternoon event for over a decade, but this is the first year nine-year-old Liam Rockwood came to the event, and he says he enjoys meeting with officers.

      "I like the gathering, and I think that they're important to us and we should thank them," said Rockwood.

      National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states. Ishpeming is participating in the event until 8 p.m. at the township fire station.