Camp Nelson hosts “National Night Out”

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – One of the nation’s newest additions to the National Park Service is celebrating law enforcement in the community in Central Kentucky.

Tuesday night, Camp Nelson National Monument hosted its first “National Night Out” with the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Department as part of a national campaign that promotes law enforcement in the community.

The event had historical demonstrations and activities for kids, and allowed kids and their families to interact with officers at the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Department and the equipment they use.

“A lot of times in policing, we’re dealing with victims of crime or maybe accusing someone of a crime. And anytime we can get something like this to where none of that is happening and we can just have good conversations and answer any questions is great,” said Jessamine County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Cecil Upton III.

The event was also an opportunity for kids and their families to learn more about the national park.

“People are also participating in our firing demonstrations and Civil War programs, which is what Camp Nelson is about…it’s a beautiful, relaxing evening to come out and get to know your local national park and your law enforcement agencies,” said Camp Nelson National Park Superintendent Ernie Price.

The park hopes to continue to participate in “National Night Out” in the years to come.


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