Residents party against crime at National Night Out
Must register parties now
The event is historically held during the first week in August, but several local parishes banded together last year and moved the event to October due to the more enjoyable weather this time of year.
Every year, between 20-25 residents host National Night Out parties in St. Charles, and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking those interested in hosting parties this year to register with them. Anyone can sign up to host a party by contacting Susie Gauthier at (985)783-1355.
That same number may also be called to find out the nearest party to your home.
On Oct. 16, homeowners, apartment dwellers and businesses are asked to lock their doors from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., turn on their outside lights for security and spend the evening with their neighbors demonstrating solidarity against crime.
Patrolling deputies will be on hand to visit registered parties or events with glow sticks and little badges for kids. The deputies will also answer any questions residents may have. During the visits, children will be given a first-hand look at the inside of a police cruiser.
Gauthier said the main goal of the program is to get people to meet their neighbors. She said some people can live in a neighborhood for years but never get the chance to come together with nearby residents.
"If you meet your neighbors and get to know them, you are more inclined to notice anything suspicious around their homes," Gauthier said.
Because deputies visit the registered parties, Gauthier said it’s also a great time for residents to meet local law-enforcement officials.
"A lot of people don’t get the chance to visit with deputies, and this way they can meet them and become comfortable with representatives of the Sheriff’s Office," she said.
National Night Out Against Crime is designed to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations.
The local event is sponsored by Sheriff Greg Champagne in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities hope that National Night Out sends a message to criminals by letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
There will also be a Night Out Against Crime kickoff party, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 in Kenner at Laketown (where Williams meets Lake Pontchartrain). Admission is free and the event will feature live entertainment, children’s activities, live music, food and displays and demonstrations by law enforcement agencies.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
When the monks at St. Joseph Abbey began crafting cypress coffins in 2007, they did...
A malnourished horse found wrapped up in rope in a desolate field has gotten a new...
The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish recently held their “People of the Year”...
A 2002 BMW, 1999 Mercedes ML3 and a 2007 Ford F150 are among the 29 vehicles that...
Around 50 children and their parents shuffled in through the doorway at the...
Nearly five months after 23-year-old Ramal Ellis was found shot to death behind the...
Dealership Service without Dealership Prices. We service all domestic & foreign cars, trucks & SUV's. We are certified by ASE, ICAR and AAA for your peace of mind.
Suspects eyed in murder of Destrehan church volunteer - 1889 views
Nearly five months after 23-year-old Ramal Ellis was found shot to death behind the church where he volunteered his time, officials with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office say suspects have been identified in connection with the murder, though any arrests will have to wait until the evidence is fully processed.