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National Night Out GRPD Goal: Get To Know Residents

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Grand Rapids Police Department

Tomorrow, residents of Grand Rapids are being invited to join millions of citizens and law enforcement agencies across the nation in supporting the “33rd Annual Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the Grand Rapids Police Department along with many neighborhood associations in the city.   WGVU talked with GRPD officials about their hopes for this event.

“We are progressively trying to build relationships with the community and this helps us to really talk with people, one on one, so we can better understand what the communities needs are.”

Grand Rapids Police Public Information Officer, Sergeant Terry Dixon, says tomorrow’s National Night Out event is an opportunity for the department to get know area residents.  This event is sponsored by the GRPD and numerous neighborhood associations, in Grand Rapids.

The associations have various activities going on and police officers, including the Chief, will be visiting many sites.

“Your law enforcement agency will be there. Deputy Chiefs, the Chief and myself, we will be out in different areas, just promoting, just community relationships.”

Dixon says this event is a good opportunity for the Department to connect with residents especially in lieu of neighborhood tensions that have surfaced in recent months across the nation between police and residents.

“In this particular event for the National Night Out, we are asking and we hope, that

Non-traditional attendees, we would ask that they do come out to the national night events that are in their neighborhoods, so they can meet and greet and talk with not only the neighborhood association, but also the officers and the leadership that’s in place in those areas.”

Some of the events taking place include everything from games, free ice cream and food to bounce houses and petting zoos.  You can check with your neighborhood association for more information. 

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.