Redding celebrates National Night Out

Aug 6, 2014 12:16 AM by Charlene Cheng

This year is the 31st anniversary for National Night Out, a chance for law enforcement agents to mingle with residents.

And, it's the 26th year that the Redding Police Department has participated.

Chief Robert Paoletti stopped by some of the block parties to answer questions and address concerns.

One of the goals of National Night Out is to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and ready to fight back.

"I think the community has really shown that it's fed up with what's going on out there just by the last town hall meeting, all the letters to the editors, people are fed up with the type of problems we're having crime-wise in Redding," said Mike Leonard, a community service officer for the Redding Police Department.

"Various city council meetings and town halls have told us, the funding has been cut so drastically that there's insufficient numbers of police, insufficient numbers of firemen, and it's up to all of us to try to help them out," adds resident Richard Christoph.

While some cities have a centralized National Night Out event, the Redding Police Department encourages block parties as a way for residents to meet and form friendships with their neighbors.


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