Officials to meet residents

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 3, 2008

NATCHEZ — If you see local law enforcement in your neighborhood Tuesday night, they might not be investigating crime. They might just want to get to know you.

Starting at 5 p.m., the Adams County Sheriff’s Offiice and the Natchez Police Department will be participating in National Night Out.

During National Night Out, law enforcement officers and local elected officials — aldermen, members of the district attorney’s office, and other city officials — go to different neighborhoods in an effort to better acquaint themselves with citizens.

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“We will usually visit and picnic with them just so the neighbors can meet their officers and elected officials,” Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Capt. Chuck Latham said.

The sheriff’s office will be going to the different neighborhood watch neighborhoods in the Providence, Lagrange, Sibley, Cranfield and B- Street areas, Latham said.

“It is usually a big thing,” Latham said. “Neighbors look forward to it, and it is the number one thing we have as far as a chance for the neighbors to meet the officers.”

The sheriff’s office will stay at each location approximately 30 minutes, Latham said.

Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins agreed.

“We have always had an excellent response from the community since we started doing it in 1995,” Mullins said.

The Natchez Police will visit 10 locations in the city throughout the evening, and will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location.