ENC takes part in National Night Out Against Crime

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Cities and towns across eastern North Carolina hosted National Night Out Against Crime events on Tuesday.

The nationwide event is hosted annually by local law enforcement agencies and comes at a time of high tension across the country between police and the community.

The goal of National Night Out is promote crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie.

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The events give communities the opportunity to positively interact with police and deputies in their communities.

LENOIR COUNTY

In Kinston, mothers told WNCT that police had left positive feelings through their interaction with children.

“Kids need to know that they can go to the police as well, the police need to keep the kids safe and build positive relationships with them as well,” said Heather Johnson, a Kinston mother.

“There are good police officers out there, and we want to make sure they see that instead of seeing that negative that’s all over the media nowadays,” said Jessica Bryant, a Lenoir County mother.

CRAVEN COUNTY

In New Bern, hundreds came out to nearly 20 events in neighborhoods and areas across the city including Craven Terrace and Trent Court.

PITT COUNTY

In Greenville, City officials mingled with Greenville Police to show the community who’s watching out for them.

Hundreds of people turned up for the event in Uptown and saw Interim Chief Ted Sauls showing off his skills outside of the department. City Manager Barbara Lipscomb shared her dance skills as well.

Mayor Allen Thomas spent the evening there too.

The event comes after Greenville Police announced that violent crimes in the city are down six percent this year.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and Grimesland Fire Department hosted a joint event.

Children there told WNCT the are looking forward to future careers in law enforcement and fighting fires.

An event in Bel Arthur was also held on Tuesday.

ONSLOW COUNTY

In Jacksonville, families braved the rain to stay out and connect with officers.

Those who attended say events like National Night Out are reassuring.

“The experience with you know the law enforcement coming out to us and making things available to us is great,” a resident told WNCT. “I think that’s wonderful, I think that’s exactly what we need.”

Every year more than 34 million people participate in National Night Out including 16,000 communities.

National Night Out started in back in 1984.

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Here is a list of some of the National Night Out events in the eastern North Carolina:

Beaufort County

  • Washington, N.C.

Time: 6p.m – 8p.m.

Beebe Park

Craven County

  • New Bern Police and Target kick off

Time: 4:15p.m.

Target parking lot

Pitt County

  • Uptown Greenville Street Food Festival

Time: 5p.m. – 8p.m.

Five Points Plaza

  • 3rd Street Community Center

Time: 6p.m. – 8p.m.

  • Dream Park

Time: 5p.m – 8p.m.

  • Pitt County Sheriff’s Office w/Grimesland & Bell Arthur Fire Departments

Time: 5p.m – 8p.m.

Grimesland FD & Bell Arthur FD

  • Winterville Police

Time: 6p.m. – 8p.m.

Hillcrest Park

Lenoir County

  • Kinston Department of Public Safety

Time: 5:30p.m. – 8p.m.

Martin C. Freeman Playground

Onslow County

  • Jacksonville Police Department

Time: 5p.m. – 8p.m.

Riverwalk Crossing Park

Dozens of neighborhoods throughout each county are also hosting their own NNO block parties.

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