National Night Out: Fighting crime, one handshake at a time

Posted August 7, 2012 10:33 pm | Filed under Local News

From Wedgewood to Saluda Street Tuesday, neighbors in 38 Rock Hill neighborhoods set up tables, blocked off streets and rented slip-and-slides to celebrate the annual National Night Out.

Andrew Kiel |
The yearly event started in 1984 as a way to connect local law enforcement with the communities they serve with the hopes of finding better ways to fight crime.

That certainly hits home for Floree Hooper, who’s lived in Boyd Hill for the past 43 years.

Rock Hill Police Chief John Gregory was one of dozens who toured the city in caravans, talking with neighbors, listening to their concerns and fostering a community partnership.

While visiting with neighbors in Rock Hill’s East Town neighborhood, Gregory says events like Tuesday’s bring neighbors together.

Across town, City Manager David Vehaun spoke with neighbors in Aragon Mill, who had teamed up with a Girl Scout Troop to block off a section of Edgemont Avenue.

The first year the National Night Out program launched, 400 communities in 23 states took part in the program. As of 2011, that number has risen to 15-thousand communities in every state un the nation.



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