Tipton County celebrates its first National Night Out - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Tipton County celebrates its first National Night Out

Tipton County residents gathered Tuesday evening for their first-ever National Night Out celebration. National Night Out is celebrating its 25th year helping communities focus on ways to prevent crime, and child safety is this year's focus.

Police, fire officials and other community leaders gathered in the parking lot of WMC's news partner, The Leader.

'Its not only tonight, its gonna be everyday. We need to look out for crime...somebody pushing drugs, seeing a gun on somebody...they need to notify police," said The Leader Publisher Dale Bean.

In an effort to keep Tipton County children safe, police conducted child fingerprinting, checked child safety seats, distributed free gunlocks, and passed out free drug testing kits for families to take home.

"Its all about the community; taking charge of their community, of our community, to make sure that our children stay safe," said local child advocate Bethany Kirby.

Although kids were the main focus, they weren't the only focus of this year's events. 

Senior citizens and law enforcement have partnered in a program called TRIAD, an effort to prevent the elderly from being crime victims. 

"To watch for things that don't look right, or suspicious people, and our local law enforcement has encouraged them to call. If you're not sure, call anyway," said Margaret Fleming of the Tipton County Commission on Aging.

Another theme of this year's event was "Knowledge is Power." Police personnel are encourgaing Tipton County residents to keep their eyes and ears open when it comes to crime. Law enforcement officials say they can't patrol every area of the county all the time, and need the public's help.

It's estimated that over 700 people attended Tipton County's inaugural National Night Out celebrations.

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