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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – 20 years of crime prevention. The National Night Out on Crime event returns to Columbus. Four locations throughout the city host the block parties.

Free food, entertainment and school supplies were provided to residents, courtesy of the Columbus Police Department the Columbus Lowndes Recreational Authority.

The mission of tonight’s annual event is to create stronger bonds between community members of the officers who serve them. They also are working to heighten awareness on drug and crime prevention, and send a strong message to criminals. “you aren’t welcomed here.”

“Get out. Meet your police officers tonight. Know them by name and why come by your house, stop and ask them if they want a cup of coffee or whatever and talk and let them get to know your surroundings.”

Locations included Townsend, Sandfield, and Sim Scott Community centers, and East Columbus Gyms.

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