Neighbors, police connect for National Night Out


RIGHT NOW, NEIGHBORS ALL AROUND THE AREA ARE COMING TOGETHER FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT. THESE ARE LIVE PICTURES HERE FROM AN EVENT IN HIDDEN VALLEY. IN CHARLOTTE. AND WE JUST SPOKE WITH CHIEF KERPUTNE HERE IN THE LAST HOUR. AS YOU KNOW, HIDDEN VALLEY DOES IT BIG EVERY YEAR. WE’RE GLAD TO BE PART OF IT TO IMPROVE TRUST IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND SERVICES WE DESERVE. THE CHIEF SAID IT’S A CHANCE FOR PEOPLE TO SIT AND TALK WITH NEIGHBORS TO TALK PERSON TO PERSON TO IMPROVE THAT RELATIONSHIP. AND THERE ARE DOZENS OF THESE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. OUR REPORTER, GLENN COUNTS HAS MORE ON WHERE NEIGHBORHOOD START THE IN THE LAST 15 EMPTIES. YOU MENTIONED WE’RE IN HIGHLAND CREEK, IN PROSPERITY PARK. YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS A TON OF PEOPLE OUT. THERE IS A TON OF KIDS HERE. THIS IS BASICALLY LIKE A GIGANTIC LOVE FEST. BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS THAT SERVE THEM. AND AS YOU’LL NOTICE ONE THING THAT YOU CAN SEE OVER THERE, THERE ARE TONS OF KIDS. LET ME GO, WILL, JUST FOLLOW ME FOR A SECOND HERE. WE GOT A BIG, GIGANTIC FIRETRUCK HERE FOR THE KIDS TO LOOK AT. WE’VE GOT — A CHICK-FIL-A MASCOT RIGHT HERE. HOW ARE YOU DOING, BRO? SAY SOMETHING. HOW ARE YOU? CONCORD FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THIS AREA SORT OF STRADDLES BOTH CHARLOTTE AND CABERAS COUNTIES. AND SO, THERE ARE A LOT OF POLICE OFFICERS THAT ARE HERE THAT ARE REPRESENTING CONCORD. ALSO, SOME THAT ARE REPRESENTING CHARLOTTE. SO THERE’S REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MECKLENBURG DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE OVER THERE. AND PART OF THE REASON THAT WE CHOSE THIS PARTICULAR VENUE IS BECAUSE THE FAMILY OF ZACH FINCH IS — HAS A BOOTH OVER THERE. AND THEY HAVE A FOUNDATION. ZACH FINCH WAS THE YOUNG BASEBALL PLAYER, THE COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYER, WHO WAS MURDERED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ON FATHER’S DAY. AND HIS FAMILY HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN PREVENTING CRIME BY, YOU KNOW, HELPING TO ESTABLISH SAFE ZONES, WHERE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE ONLINE SALES CAN GO AND TRANSACT BUSINESS SAFELY. SO THAT’S THE REASON THAT WE CHOSE THIS AREA. BUT YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY IS HAVING A REAL GOOD TIME. EVERYBODY IS ENTERTAINED. WE GOT A POLICE CHOPPER OVER THERE. AND THAT SEEMS TO HAVE GOTTEN ALL THE KIDS INTEREST. SO I’M JUST GOING TO THROW THIS BACK TO YOU, WHILE YOU CAN STILL HEAR ME. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, GLENN. A LOT OF POSITIVE THINGS GOING ON OUT THERE. AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THESE EVENTS. SO MANY THAT WE CAN’T LIST ALL OF THEM FOR YOU HERE.

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