Neighbors take stand against crime at ‘Night Out’

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office encourages people in the community to join together Tuesday in recognition of the National Night Out Against Crime.

As part of this event, 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.

There will also be a kick-off party Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.

Admission is free and food and entertainment will be provided.

It is estimated more than 38 million Americans and more than 16,000 communities will celebrate the event, which will be celebrated for the 33rd year on Tuesday.

To register a neighborhood party, contact Susie Gauthier at (985) 783-1355. Deadline to register is Friday.

Four years ago law enforcement agencies in the area agreed to celebrate National Night Out in October to avoid the intense August heat.

The change was well received by the public and the decision was made to continue celebrating Night Out in October rather than on the traditional date of the second Tuesday in August.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by Sheriff Greg Champagne and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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