St. Bernard groups gather for NNOACOct 28th, 2013 | By admin | Category: News
Kevin Gabriel of Violet says he has been hosting a party with relatives in their old neighborhood for years to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime (NNOAC) because they think it is important to talk to neighbors and show unity in a battle against crime.
“You have to try to make a difference,’’ said Gabriel, a minister and head of the St. Bernard chapter of the NAACP.
He helped host an outdoor party on Daniel Drive in Violet on Tuesday night, Oct. 15, for the National Night Out Against Crime event.
“By coming out and talking to neighbors you share things and find out what people need done,’’ Gabriel said.
Carol and Al Beaubouef held a National Night Out Against Crime party at their home in Lexington Place subdivision in Meraux.
”I believe in the idea of watching out for the neighborhood’’ and it helps when neighbors get together, Carol Beaubouef said.
Several hundred St. Bernard residents turned out at homes, on the grounds of a Pentecostal church and at Nunez Community College in communities including Arabi, Chalmette, Meraux, Violet and Poydras.
Sheriff’s deputies attended each event to give crime prevention tips and answer questions.
Sheriff James Pohlmann has said he supports National Night Out Against Crime as a way for people with something in common – the desire to protect their neighborhood against crime – to get together and pledge to look out for another’s property.
Capt. Charles Borchers, director of Community Relations for the Sheriff’s Office and head of the Neighborhood Watch program, said the parish continues to see residents having parties for the Night Out Against Crime.
“We at the Sheriff’s Office want to work hand-in-hand with the people,’’ Borchers said. “We think participation by the public in such things as National Night Out Against Crime, Neighborhood Watch and the free Citizens Police Academy offered by the Sheriff’s Office is a show of their support to work with us.’
“St. Bernard needs everyone to pull together to remain a safe place to raise a family,” Borchers said.
He told Night Out participants at a giant event sponsored by the Pentecostal Church that while crime is low in the parish, the Sheriff’s Office needs the cooperation of residents to keep it that way.
“Don’t hesitate to call us if you see something in your neighborhood that doesn’t look right to you,’’ he said, adding only residents will notice something that doesn’t belong, such as a strange vehicle in someone driveway when you know they are gone that afternoon.
Call the S.O. at 504.271.2501 and you could be helping prevent crime such as a burglary or theft. And he added to remember to include details when you call such as the color and type of a strange vehicle you see or what color clothes people are wearing because that helps if they are gone when deputies get there and they begin to look for them, Borchers said.
“Don’t ever think you are bothering us if you call the Sheriff’s Office,’’ Borchers said. “ We want to know what you are seeing.’’
Borchers also heads the Reserve Officers Division and coordinates the free classes held for Citizens Police Academy and the free Refuse to be a Victim program. Call Borchers at 504.278.7628 if interested in participating in any of these programs or if you are a parish resident and would like to be considered for the Reserve Division.
National Night Out Against Crime is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and was introduced in 1984 to strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts.