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Crowds gather for annual National Night Out

COLUMBUS, GA -

Normally when you hear the sound of a police siren, it means someone might be in danger, but on Tuesday night in Columbus, it meant a time for communities to come together.

"We are really excited to be here. We of course go around to different parts of the community and it gives us chance to come out here and hang out with everybody, and talk and meet the citizens of Columbus," said Corporal Jennifer Horton.

National Night Out is a yearly event when law enforcement officials throughout the nation raise awareness about crime and drug prevention, strengthen neighborhood and police partnerships, and let criminals know that Columbus neighborhoods will not stand for crime.

"We like to have that visibility in the neighborhood. We're always striving to keep Stone Mill the safest neighborhood in town and we do a pretty good job of it," said Columbus resident Randy Wells.

Officers make stops in different communities getting to know the people they help protect. For children, it is a great chance to understand that the men and women in uniform are their friends.

"It is nice to know that the police are the good guys," said Kenzie Danford.

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