CRAWFORD, Ala. – Communities across our area are participating in National Night Out bringing the community and law enforcement together. The Crawford and Salem community joined the Russell County Sheriff’s Officer at the historic Masonic Lodge to celebrate National Night out.
National Night Out is a movement to prevent crime while bringing the community together with the officers who protect them. Benita Catrett with the Salem-Crawford Neighborhood Watch group is encouraging the community to support law enforcement at National Night Out.
“Trying to get the community to come out and meet our law enforcement then support them. We’ve had a difficult time here recently with law enforcement being attacked and I want them to show them that the community here in Crawford stands behind them,” she said.
Chief Deputy William Alexander with the Russell County Sheriff’s Office joined in on the National Night Out celebration.
“It’s very important that law enforcement builds a positive relationship with the community and this is just one way that we can do that and we’re very appreciative to be here and talking and communicating with the public,” he said.
Chief Deputy Alexander says this year’s National Night Out is more important than ever.
“With the recent shootings that we’ve had and the estranged relationships in some communities, this is one to build those bridges and mend those fences and to be more productive in our community and dealing with the public in a positive manner,” Alexander said.
National Night Out first started in 1984 with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.