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Aug 4, 2014 7:13 PM by Ashlea Bullington

National Night Out Against Crime

The 31st annual National Night Out Against Crime will be held across the nation tomorrow. One of the main goals of the national event is to re-connect law enforcement with the community.

Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou says he believes events like this are what helps keep communities safer.

"You need the community, you need the citizens to work with you. Because they are the eyes and ears out there. They are seeing things and they are hearing things that the limited number of policemen we have can't see everything and be everywhere. So, with that involvement and that partnership, it makes a better city," Decou said.

This is the nation's largest annual crime prevention event. More than 37 million Americans in 15,000 communities in all 50 states get involved.

"We really lose the connection that we have with our neighbors in our own neighborhood. It is that exchange of information that happens on a regular basis, and what we try to promote, that helps prevent crime in the long run," Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department told KATC.

Other communities hosting a Night Out Against Crime rally include Opelousas, Breaux Bridge, Berwick, Franklin and Jennings. Events start at 5:30pm tomorrow.



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