Night out against Crime
Gaston Point community members are ready to light up, clean up, and fight crime in the area.
A going away party for crime and drugs; that’s what tonight’s ‘Night out against Crime’ was all about. Neighborhood watch block Captain Lorraine Price said, “We’re taking our neighborhood back. I hope this event tonight encourages the people in Gaston Point, as well as all over Gulfport, to stand up to crime and just say no.”
That’s just what the Gaston Point Community Watch and the West Gulfport Civic Club came together in this event for: to change Gaston Point for good. West Gulfport Civic Club President Louis Gholar said, “We are a community of caring. So we are not going to stand for it. We are not going to sit around and let them take our community down anymore. What we are doing tonight will send a signal to the people that are out here doing the wrong things that we care and I hope that this here will bring down the crime.”
One of their main focuses throughout the night was to let the community know from here on out, Gulfport police are their partners. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said, “We are only as good as the people you serve. One of the things I always tell people is that law enforcement is just a tool in the tool belt, it is really the members of community that decide how they want their community to be and so to see nights like this, it is so encouraging. A lot of times we get wrapped up in negativity, but this is the positive stuff that needs to occur.”
Towards the end of the night, the names of those in the community who lost their lives because of crime were written on balloons and set free into the sky. As those balloons were released it all came to the surface why this ‘Night out against Crime’ was so important.