Neighbors and Police Unite for National Night Out

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COLUMBIA - In an effort to stand united against crime, Columbia Police and 13 neighborhood watch groups participated in the 30th National Night Out Tuesday night.

At the Columbia Country Club, the beat police officer from the area and a police officer in charge of city transportation answered questions from members of the Country Club Estates Neighborhood Association.

"It is a way for us to formally or informally tell them about our concerns. I think that's important that they hear from the citizens of the town," Columbia resident Warren Prost said.

Prost said it was also a good opportunity for the community members to know each other better and be more united.

"It's important for the police department to get in with neighbors during national night out. It's a way for the police department and the neighborhood to communicate and also for them to get to their their beat officers," Melvin Buckner, Columbia Police Neighborhood Service Officer, said.

The purpose of the neighborhood watch is to generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police community partnership.

The neighborhood associations that took part in the National Night out was:

Parkade, Mamba Drive, Hunter's Gate, West Ash, Ridgeway, Leisure Oak Retirement Community, Green Ridge Road, Lakeshire Estates, Leawood & Mission Meadows, Rothwell Heights, West Lawn, East Walnut, Country Club Estates.

To find out more information, visit the Columbia Neighborhood Watch Website.