ALABAMA (WIAT) — Communities across Central Alabama are coming together to take back their neighborhoods against crime with the annual National Night Out.
With recent incidents nationwide like in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas, officers admit there is tension nationwide between them and the community.
“It’s sad on both sides, both law enforcement and citizens,” said Raderious Riley, a Birmingham Police officer. “I don’t think nobody deserve their lives, i try to keep myself out of it and pray.”
Locally, police departments like Birmingham and Helena say that the relationship with the community overall is good, and to continue that — events like National Night Out are critical.
“When we get together with the community and the community gets together with us, it eases the tension and makes everything run smoothly,” said Captain Cedric Stevens.
Tonight residents talked to officers in their communities and had an opportunity to check out some of their equipment as well. The events signified an effort to increase public safety awareness and to build a bond between residents and law enforcement.
“We need to understand that intentions are not to hurt us but their intentions are protect us,” said a Helena resident.