Jared McIver, Police Chief and National Night Out Chairman, along with Mayor Nick Cox and the members of the City Council, invite neighborhoods city-wide to support this year’s National Night Out.
Neighborhoods and communities throughout the City of Minden are invited to join forces for the local Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 17.
The past few years, Night Out parties have been fewer. McIver said this year, he hopes to expand the parameters for the event.
“If somebody wants to do a neighborhood party, that’s great. We want to encourage that,” he said. “But we want to promote having the parties at a community park.”
McIver said it is promoting the use and access of the parks.
“Kids will have something to do – they can play on the equipment while they’re there,” he said. “We want to round up and get volunteers to bring food and all.”
McIver said councilpersons in those park areas will help coordinate and contact constituents to volunteer for helping with resources and food.
National Night Out is designed to (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send the message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Those interested in hosting block parties may register in-person at Minden City Hall, over the phone by dialing (318) 377-2144, or online at http://www.mindenusa.com. Registration opens is open and runs through 4 p.m. Friday, October 13.