Crime Stoppers and Mesa County Sheriff's Office Holds National Night Out
KREX News Room
CLIFTON, Colo. - Dozens attended Crime Stoppers and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office's National Night Out in hopes to help crime prevention in local neighborhoods.
"It's really about getting people out of their houses and getting to meet their neighbors so that they know who should be in their community and who shouldn't," said Leigh Ashman with Crime Stoppers.
This year was the first time that Crime Stoppers officially teamed up with the sheriff's office to send a message of community safety and to get residents more comfortable with talking to each other and with law enforcement.
"It hopefully gives the community comfort coming to law enforcement to give us information that we can help solve crimes int heir neighborhood as well," said Sgt. Jeff Byrne of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Educating kids on what is safe and what is not is also a major goal.
"We want kids to always grow up knowing what Crime Stoppers is so that if they see something wrong they can tell an adult and an adult can call Crime Stoppers," said Ashman.
Sheriff's officials say events like National Night out not only have educational benefits, but since their involvement they say they've seen a positive impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
"Start up neighborhood watches throughout the county have been on the rise for the past couple years," said Byrne, "we've really gotten our program turned around that has benefited other neighborhoods and it's become a very popular program."