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Mayor John Gilstrap, City Council members and City staff participated in National Night Out activities at 13 neighborhood sites across the city Tuesday evening.
The Police Department coordinates the event to build new community connections and strengthen existing ones. Opening ceremonies were held at Cardinal Village apartments located at 651 Cardinal Place.
“One of the ways that we can make the city we love better is to better know one another,” Gilstrap said at the ceremony. “Nothing replaces knowing one another and trusting one another. Nothing replaces having those bonds. That is the best way to fight crime.”
Police Chief Philip Broadfoot and motivational speaker Darius Bethel also addressed those attending the opening festivities.
In additional to Cardinal Village, activities were held at the following neighborhood sites:
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.