KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Tuesday night, towns across the East celebrate National Night Out in an effort to bring communities and law enforcement together.
As one of the most crime-ridden cities in the East, Kinston has been working to improve police-community relations for months, and National Night Out is another opportunity for them to do just that.
The goal of National Night Out is increasing law enforcement presence in the community, improving participation in anti-crime activity, and intensifying neighborhood spirit.
More than 25 local organizations will be promoting community awareness, including schools, faith organizations, the Red Cross, and law enforcement, among others. They’ll have a DJ, musical performances, games, and other activities.
Kinston hopes this will help people learn more about their community and grow more comfortable with police.
Kinston Department of Public Safety Community Coordinator Lidia Guzman tells WNCT it’s about building relationships and trust.
“You can combat a lot of things that might be on the negative side because the positive will eventually overtake the negative when we keep coming together,” Guzman said.
Kinston’s event Tuesday night starts at 5:30 at the Martin C. Freeman playground.