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Friday is the last day to register for National Night out in Minden

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MINDEN — Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert, Chairperson for National Night Out, along with Mayor Tommy Davis, Police Chief Steve Cropper and the other members of the City Council, invite neighborhoods city-wide to support the theme, “Give Neighborhood Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party”.

Neighborhoods throughout the City of Minden are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nation-wide for the Annual National Night Out (NNO), crime and drug prevention event.
As of the Minden City Council meeting Monday, only three neighborhoods had signed up to officially participate.

NNO is designed to (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts: (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from 6-9 p.m., residential neighborhoods throughout the City of Minden and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

“The City of Minden observes National Night out in October to avoid the hot temperatures of August,” Kennon-Gilbert said.

Minden’s edition of the event is being held Oct. 9 as not to conflict with the Webster Parish Fair, Kennon-Gilbert told the council.

Many neighborhoods in Minden will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime and anti-drug rallies.

Those interested in hosting a block party can register at City Hall or call 377-2144. You may also print the registration form via the city’s website, www.mindenusa.com. The deadline for registering a party is 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018.

The NNO campaign is a way to build neighborhood unity and strengthen police-community partnerships.

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