Haughton reminded of importance of safety during National Night Out

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Haughton Police Chief Todd Gibson.

By Stacey Tinsley, stinsley@bossierpress.com

Communities and law enforcement came together across Bossier Tuesday for National Night Out 2018.

Families, police, sheriff deputies, first responders and city officials spent the evening at Joe Delaney Park in Haughton to help build trust between law enforcement and the public while having fun.

“The Town of Haughton is very excited to have our 2nd Annual National Night Out Event at Joe Delaney Park. We enjoy visiting with our citizens every year and seeing law enforcement together with our community. We look forward to some great food and fellowship!,” said Haughton Mayor Jack Hicks.

During the opening of the event, residents had the pleasure of hearing a few words from some very special guest speakers. State Rep. Dodie Horton (R-Haughton), Haughton Chief of Police Todd Gibson, and Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington shared their thoughts.

“It’s a privilege to be out here in Haughton at Joe Delany Park. It’s a perfect night to get out, enjoy, visit with law enforcement and let our first responders know we are here for you,” said Sheriff Whittington.

On a serious note, Whittington took the opportunity to remind residents that they only need to look at the recent homicide of Joshua Kidd during an apparent vehicle burglary in north Bossier for the stakes of taking steps towards safety.

“We need your help. We need you to lock up your valuables, lock your cars. These car burglaries are the single biggest problem we have in Bossier Parish,” Whittington said. “Secondly, when you see something and you don’t think it’s right, call us. That’s our job to come check it out. You’re not bothering us. We want to do our job, but we need your help. We count on you. Call us.”

National Night Out is a national campaign aimed at promoting positive police and community relationships while bringing back a true sense of community.

“This is great. I grew up out here in Haughton and now my children get to grow up out here. We didn’t have this kind of stuff when I was a kid. And now that they offer it, it really brings the community together and reinforces that it takes a village to raise kids,” said Haughton resident Alycia Martin.

Residence who attended enjoyed a fun filled family friendly event, which included food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, a maze made from crime scene tape and also a chance to develop relationships with local school and community groups.

Haughton resident Lisa Low said, “This is an awesome event. Being with my family, watching my grand kids enjoy themselves and getting to know your neighbors is great.”

Sponsoring Tuesday’s National Night Out event at Joe Delaney Park was the Christmas In Haughton Festival.

Festival Director of Christmas in Haughton, Tarrah Dobbins says, “The fire department, police department and all of our EMTs give so much to our community. And this is our chance to bring our community together and show support for them.”

You can see a photo gallery of the event below: