D'Iberville police host Night Out Against Crime

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It's an opportunity for the community to meet the men and women behind the police badges.

"We genuinely care about the public here, and we want to know what we can do to serve them better," says Lieutenant Shannon Nobles, D'Iberville Police Department.

Tuesday night, the D'Iberville Police Department will join thousands of departments, nationwide, as it hosts, Night Out Against Crime.

The D'Iberville Civic Center will host the two hour event where the community will get to meet police, as well as businesses and organizations partnering with them against crime. There will also be a K-9 demonstration, free pizza, drinks and face-painting.

The department, which started in October, is working hard to get the word out as it participates in the event for the first time.

"That's the biggest thing, we want people to know about it and be there," says Nobles.

Lieutenant Shannon Nobles says the newly-formed department has noticed an escalating problem it needs the community's help addressing, burglary.

"We're hoping Night Out Against Crime will be our platform to launch our neighborhood watch program. If neighbors and people in the community would pay attention to certain things, they could help us," says Nobles.

Police also plan to use the event to talk to citizens about other planned efforts, like Walk and Talk.

"We're gonna go to every house and do a little survey to find out what the problems are in the neighborhood and what we can do to help," says Nobles.

National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit organization, oversees the national effort. Like D'Iberville, the Gulfport and Biloxi Police Departments will also have events in their cities Tuesday night from 6 to 8.

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