LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - National Night Out brought out hundreds of people from the community to the parking lot of the Laurel Police Department on Tuesday night.
“What brings me out here is the fun stuff they have around like jumpers, cotton candy and drinks,” resident Karlyianna Hunter said.
Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart said it’s important for residents of all ages to know the police force and to have a relationship with them. Community policing events like National Night Out is a chance for everyone to come together in a positive light.
“I came out here because I saw on TV how much fun in looked so, I just thought it would be a good time to come out,” Hunter said.
Attendees were offered food straight off the grill and games for all ages.
“It’s night out against crime. This is something we’ve been doing since the early 2000s or late 1990s," Stewart said. "We get together with the community and continue to build that great rapport we have with the community.”
The event was free and lasted from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
“I’m having a great time because I’m probably going to make a lot of friends,” Hunter said.
Information booths were also set up among the fun, providing valuable knowledge regarding the victim’s advocate program as well as information on the domestic shelter.
Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signed a National Night Out proclamation at City Hall Tuesday declaring October 9 as Night Out Against Crime.