JACKSON — A wonderful late summer evening greeted folks who gathered on the corner of Morton and Logan Streets in Jackson for the local version of the annual event known as the National Night Out “Taking Back the Streets.”
For the last seven years, the Neighborhood Watch Program for Morton Street and the surrounding area has hosted this free event.
The event, held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, is dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention programs. It is held each year to strengthen the partnership law enforcement, fire departments and the community.
Debbie Walters, the local event organizer and captain of the neighborhood watch program, told The Courier that the two-hour event featured music, fun, food, many displays and door prizes.
“We started the neighborhood watch program in 2011 because there was a lot of drug activity in the neighborhood,” Walters said. “We were all concerned about it. We started messaging back and forward in the neighborhood letting each other know about suspicious activity.”
The community was invited to meet local law enforcement officers, area firefighters and public officials. Entertaining the community this year was Rockin’ Reggie who kept the music going throughout the evening.
There were also addiction support groups present, as well as treatment professionals.
"I think we had a great turnout," said Walters. "Our mission is to have safer streets for our children, and grandchildren."
Walters stated that she felt that crime in her neighborhood has decreased since starting the neighborhood watch program.