Several Conway residents took part in the Conway Police Department’s “Night Out Against Crime” on Tuesday night.
The initiative is meant to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participate in local anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff said the department sees the event as a huge benefit in being able to meet people, both young and old, in the community.
“Children are generally afraid of officers because they think officers just arrest people, but this helps them understand officers are here to help,” Woodruff said. “It also lets adults know we are there and are trying to protect them.”
The event, held from 5-8 p.m. at the Pine Street Substation, was attended by special event officers and patrol officers who gave out safety information.
Chief A.J. Gary was also present at the event.
Target, CenterPoint Energy, Kroger, Ideal Bread and Stoby’s sponsored the event and provided hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks.
The Conway Fire Department was also at the event, and brought a fire truck for kids to view.
Woodruff said those who wished not to attend the event were encouraged to take part in similar events in their neighborhoods.
“It helps to see who is supposed to be in the neighborhood and helps cut down on crime,” Woodruff said. “If they are out there looking, it helps officers who are trying to solve crimes.”
Tuesday night’s event was part of the 30th annual National Night Out.
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