Officers to patrol on annual Night Out

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 5, 1999

The Natchez Police Department is breaking down walls one neighborhood at a time.On Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. the Natchez Police Department will celebrate the 16th annual National Night Out in local communities.The purpose of National Night Out is to promote neighborhood unity, heighten crime awareness and to encourage communication between residents and the police department.”That wall is gradually coming down,”&160;said Police Officer Charles Woods.The event is designed to help the community feel more comfortable with law enforcement.”By getting out there and interacting with the public and the kids it helps tremendously build up that trust,”&160;Woods said.National Night Out is co-sponsored by the Natchez Police Department and the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).The event will involve over 9,400 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and Military bases around the world.During the Natchez celebration, a convey of officers and local officials will travel to each of the 14 neighborhoods who signed up to participate. This year, the group plans to visit the Susie B. West Apartments community first. This is different from previous years.”We’ve been hitting them last every time and they have the most kids,”&160;Woods said.While in the neighborhoods, the group will encourage children to avoid crime and to act safely.”It has an excellent impact,”&160;Woods said. “The kids look forward to it each and every year.”Crash Test Dummies Larry and Vince and Mr. McGruff will also visit the neighborhoods.Many of the neighborhoods will hold block parties and cookouts for the residents. There will also be prizes for the children, contests and games.

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