GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s not unusual for police officers to be spread across more than 150 neighborhoods throughout Greensboro on regular night, but on Tuesday they were on a special patrol to share a meal and meet with the community they protect.
Chief of Police Wayne Scott said the police department received 156 requests from the public to visit apartment complexes, schools and churches in recognition of National Night Out.
In the Dudley Heights neighborhood, more than one hundred people came to Bluford STEM Academy on Tuscaloosa Street to talk about neighborhood safety issues and meet with police officers that know their streets well.
“You learn who the officers are,” said Clara Henderson, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1960.
Henderson said the annual gathering allows neighbors to talk to officers about safety concerns in the neighborhood instead of just calling in issues.
For Kelvin Parker, a father of three, one of those concerns is speeding in the neighborhood.
“We always keep [our kids] within eyesight of us at all times keep them away from the streets because you have people that come through there that just have no regard for anything on the street,” said Parker.
Parker said another positive takeaway from the meeting is getting to know elderly neighbors who might not usually be out and about when he is.
“We just want to keep everyone secure in this loving neighborhood,” said Parker.
The Greensboro Police Department has been a consistent sponsor of the National Night Out program since 2003. The police department hopes it sends a message to criminals that communities are bonded together in an effort to prevent break-ins, drug activity and more in their neighborhoods.