Chance for local law enforcement agencies to make personal relationships with members of the community
LAFAYETE (KADN) — Last night residents throughout Lafayette parish went out to Girard Park to join forces with local law enforcement agencies for the thirty-first annual National Night Out. Community members enjoyed music, entertainment, fun jumps, food, games and displays by local agencies who are trying to establish a relationship with people on a personal level.
"It's a time for community to come together, exchange ideas, address some of those quality of life issues, and also interact with law enforcement. It's just a gathering of people from different varieties of the community working together to make the community safer," says Corporal Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department.
National Night Out is the nation's largest annual crime prevention event with over $37 million people in 15,000 communities from all fifty states participating with their local law enforcement agencies. It's designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for the participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships throughout the city and send a messafe to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.