GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –
Once a year when you hear police sirens it’s not because you’re in trouble its for Mesa Counties Annual Night Out community event.
National Night Out aims to change the perspective of local law enforcement, while interacting with your neighbors.
“My preference is when you see a cop car drive through your neighborhood that you smile, that you don’t have fear, you see them as protection in the community and apart of the community,” Todd Rowell, incoming Mesa County Sheriff, said.
Here at Kimwood Park in Clifton, Mesa County Sheriff’s National Night Out is an opportunity for community members to gather, get to know one another and start a conversation with local law enforcement. Night Out has events like this all over the county like here in Clifton or at Sherwood Park in Grand Junction.
Vendors, snacks, and games are not the only things you can participate in at night out, you may even get to ride in a cop car.
“We wear the badge and the uniform and a lot of gear, “Brian DeGrange, Grand Junction Police Officer said. “Sometimes we can look a little intimidating, but I think this is a really good opportunity for them to come see us and talk to us as people and approach us in a friendly environment.”
Night Out encourages everyone in the community to engage in doing their part to make our neighborhoods safer.
“We’ve made some really good connections around the neighborhood, not just for the social aspect, but for the safety aspect of our neighborhood,” Natalie Clark, Mesa County resident said.
Although this years National Night Out is wrapped up, its never too late to get to know your neighbor.