National Night Out in Sulphur - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

National Night Out in Sulphur

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - The West Cal Arena in Sulphur was packed with people, music, food and entertainment courtesy of law enforcement agencies and city officials that participated in National Night Out.

National Night Out is a part of the National Association of Town Watch. The group advocates for neighborhood safety, and the event's goal is to increase awareness of crime, drug, and fire prevention.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, State Police and other law enforcement agencies were there along with the Sulphur Police Department.
Officials said the goal of these events is to bring the community together against crime. There were seven different events throughout Lake Charles Tuesday night.

Carlyss resident Edith Keys went to the arena with family members. She said the event helped citizens understand law enforcement.

"This helps the community know that our law enforcement officers are friendly people, they're people who want to help us in any way that they can," Keys said.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said the night would inform people of the work police do, calling it "an exchange of information." That exchange included music from the band, Zydecane, and a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog. 

"We always try to grow and make it bigger every year," Coats said. Chief Coats said Sulphur had its biggest National Night Out in twelve years.

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