Area police to hit streets tonight

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NATCHEZ — Local law enforcement will be hitting the streets in full force today to rally support from area neighborhoods in this year’s National Night Out celebration.

The Natchez Police Department, Vidalia Police Department, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ferriday Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office will caravan together with the departments leaving NPD at 3 p.m. and heading to Ferriday Police Department.

The law enforcement officers and officials will spend approximately 20 minutes at each stop.

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The stops are as follows:

• Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Vidalia, 4:30-4:50 p.m.

• Linwood subdivision in Natchez, 5-5:20 p.m.

• Duncan Park, 5:30-5:50 p.m.

• Miller Avenue, 6-6:20 p.m.

• Oakridge Manor, 6:30-6:50 p.m.

• Minor Street, 7-7:20 p.m.

• Woodlawn neighborhood, 7:30-7:50 p.m.

• Felix Street, 8-8:20 p.m.

Block parties will be hosted at each stop by the Neighborhood Watch programs.

Natchez Detective Jerry Ford said police will be able to answer any questions or address concerns residents have about law enforcement in their neighborhood while at the National Night Out stops.

“We’re looking forward to meeting and greeting the citizens of the community,” Ford said. “We want to send a message out to criminals to let them know that this National Night Out is just the beginning.”

Ford said NPD is preparing to form a partnership with other area law enforcement to promote and engage residents in crime prevention.

“With citizens and law enforcement working together, we can really make this is a great community to live in,” Ford said.