National Night Out 2006

August 01, 2006--Posted at 10:40 pm

JONESBORO-- It's an annual event that helps communities all over the nation heighten awareness of crime prevention...

It's National Night Out, and Jonesboro Mayor Doug Formon kicked off the event live on K-8 news at five for good neighbors here at home.

As Mayor Formon made the proclamation, the fun began... Kids who weren't sure what the police are all about...

"If there wasn't no police everybody would be dead," Ashton Thomas says.

Finally got a chance to learn what building crime awareness can do...

"Help people," Kayla Morgan says.

And while the youngest of community members got a chance to learn more about police,

law enforcement officials tell us what national night out is all about.

"We're asking that everyone get out in their neighborhoods, turn on their porch light, get to know their neighbors and talk about the neighborhood and the things going on. We hope that national night out helps build strong partnerships in the neighborhood with the neighbors and the police department so that we can help, eventually, to cut down on some crime," Sgt. Steve McDaniel of the Jonesboro Police Department says.

Along with sponsors, Target and ReMax...

"We appreciate it," Mayor Doug Formon says.

City officials are helping the community connect to Jonesboro's most instrumental forces.

"Community order and policing of course that's the cornerstone for all this is to get the community reconnected with their officers and the officers to the community. It's not all about patrolling in a police car and staying in the air conditioning. It's about getting out and meeting with your neighbors and meeting with the folks that are in that area," Formon says.

It's that ever growing relationship, that McDaniel says will build communities like Jonesboro and prevent crime.

"I think it's the fact that neighbors are close and they get to know each other & neighbors that know each other tend to respect each other more and they look out for each other in the neighborhood. That's really what we want. We want people to pay attention to what's going on in their neighborhood and tell the police about that about," McDaniel says.