National Night Out gets communities involved in crime prevention - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

National Night Out gets communities involved in crime prevention

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Local law enforcement agencies were part of a nationwide effort to get to know their communities better. Tuesday night was America's Night Out Against Crime. 

Authorities will tell you the best way to prevent crime is to keep watch volunteers informed, interested and involved. It's just another opportunity for police to keep the lines of communication open with the people they serve.

"Without witnesses and information that we gain from the community, many crimes would go unsolved," said Deputy Chief Shawn Caldwell, Lake Charles Police.

Back in March of this year, that partnership worked for the residents of Sunlight Manor. They helped Lake Charles Police solve a triple homicide at neighboring McMillan Park. Three men were gunned down and two others arrested. It's a crime that's put this community into action.

"My thoughts were, we have to take our community back because so much is going on here. We have to let everyone know that positive things do come out of Sunlight Manor," said Deidra Young, who grew up in Sunlight Manor.

Helping with the community take back is Crystal Batiste Lee. Like Young, Lee grew up in the area, too, and said for all the bad that came with the tragedy, they're finally starting to see the good.

"It brought the community back together. It's making people look out more for other people's children, which is not a bad thing. It's great because we are better now. We were once a community separated from one another, but now they are coming together as one," said Lee.

While kids may not always understand the crime problem, they are learning ways to talk about and prevent it.

"The outlet for them a lot of times is educational computer games and allowing them to just be kids ... And to realize certainly there are solutions to problems other than using your fists and guns," said Jerrol Wilson, Sunlight Manor Resident Service Coordinator.

A recovering community and police, working together -- not only on National Night Out -- but every night of the year.

"Each neighborhood knows what happens in their neighborhood. They know who belongs there, they know when something is not right. And if they can relay that to us, it makes life better for them because will be able to solve the crimes and get criminals off the street," said Caldwell.

The first ever National Night Out was in August 1984. Since then, it's grown to 37 million people, in 15,000 communities in all 50 states. 

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • ‘Camp Out for a Cause’ helping feed local needy families

    ‘Camp Out for a Cause’ helping feed local needy families

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:26 AM EST2017-11-20 10:26:35 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away and one DJ at KIX-96 is gearing up for his annual Campout for a Cause benefiting Abraham’s Tent food pantry. Radio DJ Chad Austin is pitching his tent in front of Ashley Homestore located at 3625 Gerstner Memorial Blvd in Lake Charles starting today, November 20 lasting until noon Wednesday, November 22. Those who would like to donate can stop by day and night to drop off canned and dry goods along frozen meats items such as turkeys, ha...More >>
    Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away and one DJ at KIX-96 is gearing up for his annual Campout for a Cause benefiting Abraham’s Tent food pantry. Radio DJ Chad Austin is pitching his tent in front of Ashley Homestore located at 3625 Gerstner Memorial Blvd in Lake Charles starting today, November 20 lasting until noon Wednesday, November 22. Those who would like to donate can stop by day and night to drop off canned and dry goods along frozen meats items such as turkeys, ha...More >>
  • Food for Seniors program feeds hundreds

    Food for Seniors program feeds hundreds

    Sunday, November 19 2017 10:16 PM EST2017-11-20 03:16:08 GMT

    Eliminating hunger for thousands of our senior citizens and keeping their minds at ease-- that's the mission of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury's Food for Seniors service. Every third Friday of the month, senior residents of Calcasieu parish can sign up to receive a box of food, but it's a lot more than that. “A lot of people if they didn't have this they couldn't make it and I know some of them wouldn't have anything to eat,” said Betty Landry a recipient of the Food ...

    More >>

    Eliminating hunger for thousands of our senior citizens and keeping their minds at ease-- that's the mission of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury's Food for Seniors service. Every third Friday of the month, senior residents of Calcasieu parish can sign up to receive a box of food, but it's a lot more than that. “A lot of people if they didn't have this they couldn't make it and I know some of them wouldn't have anything to eat,” said Betty Landry a recipient of the Food ...

    More >>
  • Multiple agencies respond to Vinton structure fire Sunday

    Multiple agencies respond to Vinton structure fire Sunday

    Sunday, November 19 2017 7:35 PM EST2017-11-20 00:35:27 GMT
    Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC)Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC)

    Multiple agencies worked to knock out a structure fire in Vinton Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., the Vinton Fire Department responded to a call on Center Street. Fire was showing through the roof of the burning house in two locations when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Merchant.

    More >>

    Multiple agencies worked to knock out a structure fire in Vinton Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., the Vinton Fire Department responded to a call on Center Street. Fire was showing through the roof of the burning house in two locations when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Merchant.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly