Saturday, August 10, 2013

Communities Take Part In Night Out Against Crime - District 29 Percy Priest Lake Area of Nashville Davidson County | Nashville News, Weather Communities Take Part In Night Out Against Crime Posted: Aug 06, 2013 10:32 PM CDT Updated: Aug 06, 2013 10:32 PM CDT by Janet Kim NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Communities around the nation are participating in Night Out Against Crime, including those in the mid-state. Nashville alone had nearly 50 area neighborhoods participating in this event. At Smith Springs Church of Christ in the Priest Lake community, 700 people participated in the Night Out Against Crime. With cupcakes and face painting, the event at Smith Springs Church of Christ may have seemed like any other block party. "One of the things that we've done with this event is that we've combined all of the neighborhood associations with one event," said Metro Council Member Karen Johnson. However, organizers and participants said the event is about more than just fun and games. "We can talk about problems in the area, and we can talk about concerns, so if we can just get to know each other, we work together to combat crime together," said Metro Police Commander Michele Donegan with the Hermitage precinct. The Priest Lake community is one of several communities celebrating National Night Out Against Crime's 30th year. "As you've seen over the last couple of years, our community has gotten stronger and a lot of positive turnaround has happened in this area," said Johnson. It's the kind of turnaround community leaders said comes from meeting your neighbors and knowing your law enforcement officers. "I think it's very important to form strong partnerships with police who patrol our area everyday," said Johnson. "The more interaction we can have with these police officers, the better it is that we can deter crime from the area." National Association of Town Watch is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs. Email: Facebook: Twitter:

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