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Bossier hosts Night Out Oct. 1

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Deputy Audrey Seegers of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office shows a young driver what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a deputy sheriff’s vehicle during Bossier Parish Night Out 2012 at Legacy Subdivision in Bossier City.

Bossier Parish will have a ‘Night Out’ Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Both the city and parish will celebrate Night Out by encouraging residents to interact with law officials as a way to promote crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood and law enforcement relationships, and send a message of unity to criminals.

Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on October 1, residents in neighborhoods throughout all of Bossier are asked to turn on outside lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors and police.

“Bossier Parish Night Out is a night for people in neighborhoods all over Bossier Parish to stand united against crime,” said Sheriff Julian Whittington. “It’s designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen partnerships between our neighbors and law enforcement. I encourage residents to hold block parties, cook outs or other outdoor activities to help build strong bonds with their neighbors and get to know the deputies who patrol their area.”

Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with Bossier City Police Department, Shreveport Police Department and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, moved their Night Out events to October in order to enjoy the event during the cooler weather. Traditionally, National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August.

To host a block party in your neighborhood for Bossier Parish Night Out, please contact Dep. Josh Cagle at 208-4327 or 965-2203 or via e-mail at jcagle@bossiersheriff.com.

Persons planning a Bossier City Night Out event that requires the closure of a city street – such as a block party – must submit a petition to the Community Services Division of the Bossier City Police Department with 51% of the residents’ signatures of the street to be blocked. Petitions will be subject to approval by the Bossier City Police Department. Street closures will be limited to single blocks and will not include major thoroughfares so as not to impede emergency vehicles and regular traffic.

Residents must also fill out a Bossier City Night Out registration form and return it to the Community Services Division at the address on the form. Registrations may also be faxed to the telephone number listed on the form. All forms and petitions must be returned no later than September 27, 2013 so that block party visits from police and fire personnel may be scheduled efficiently.

Bossier City Night Out registration form are available for pick up at the following locations:

  • The BCPD lobby at 620 Benton Road.
  • The Bossier City Public Safety Training Complex at 5850 Shed Road.
  • Forms may be downloaded from the City of Bossier City website at www.bossiercity.org or from the Bossier City Police Department website at www.bossierpolice.com.
  • Residents can have a forms emailed to them by calling 741-8350.

For more information residents may call the Community Services Division of the Bossier City Police Department at 741-8350.