On Tuesday, many in the St. Charles Parish community joined together in recognition of the National Night Out Against Crime, where people are asked to turn on their porch lights and meet with their neighbors in order to “give crime and drugs a going away party.”
The annual event is aimed at strengthening relationships with neighbors and law enforcement with the goal of reducing crime in the communities.
A hope is the event will also send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
In addition to the Tuesday “Night Out,” a kickoff party was held Sunday at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.
It is estimated more than 38 million Americans and more than 16,000 communities celebrate the event nationally. This was the 34th year the event was celebrated.
Locally, there were 12 Night Out parties celebrating throughout St. Charles Parish with hundreds participating. St. Charles Parish deputies visited the parties to initiate crime prevention discussions as well as to demonstrate Sheriff’s Office equipment and vehicles for the kids to check out.