August 5, 2003 - posted at 10:15pm CDT
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Folks all over Region 8 got out of the house and on to the streets for the annual "National Night Out" celebration Tuesday.
National Night Out is a nationwide effort to bring awareness to anti-crime programs, strengthening the neighborhood spirit, and building on the community and police partnership, and it's all done through block parties, corporate cookouts, and fun.
Jonesboro police officer Nate Furr says, "This is probably one of the few, if not the only event that puts the citizens with police and fire in a non-emergency situation. People get to talking and dealing with us and we get to help them and they're helping us."
In Jonesboro, there were nine corporate cookouts and 20 neighborhood parties throughout the city where neighbors got a chance to meet their neighbors and meet local law enforcement.
Tina Fowler came out to the RE/MAX corporate cookout and she says for her, "It's about being involved, making sure you know everybody in your community. That way you can help out with crime and watch out for each other's homes."
The RE/MAX site was one of nine corporate locations in the city, with Jonesboro just one of ten-thousand other communities participating from across the nation.