Community comes together with law enforcement at Lubbock's Natio - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Community comes together with law enforcement at Lubbock's National Night Out

Witt (Source: Caleb Holder) Witt (Source: Caleb Holder)
Source: Caleb Holder Source: Caleb Holder
Source: Caleb Holder Source: Caleb Holder
Source: Caleb Holder Source: Caleb Holder
Source: Caleb Holder Source: Caleb Holder
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock communities came together Tuesday night, hoping to decrease neighborhood crime by building stronger relationships with law enforcement.

Lubbock's National Night Out event kicked off at 6 p.m. and went to 8:30 p.m. at three locations in Lubbock. The largest number of people gathered at Sun & Fun Center at 62nd Street and Elgin Avenue.

Nearly 400 people gathered at this event that was founded to help develop relationships with neighbors, but more recently, the 16,000 communities nationwide that participate are more focused on introducing community members to their law enforcement officers.

"Police officers have a really, really hard job," said Dusty Thompson, the lead pastor at Redeemer Church. "And at the same time, you have a community with a lot of different points of pain and history and past…and so to get people together to try and figure out how to make this city a better place is critically important."

Attendees believe this sort of initiative is more relevant than ever.

"We just want to have a good time and want to be friends with one another…want to respect one another," said Glenda Mathis, the executive director of the YWCA of Lubbock.

Texas DPS Lieutenant Bryan Witt was one of the law enforcement officers in attendance, hoping to bond with citizens through casual conversation.

"We're sworn to protect them," he said. "We live normal lives, we have children. We want them to see that."

One of the children who got to meet Witt and other officers was 8-year-old Amanie Anderson.

"He was nice, and he saves people," she said.

For citizens like 10-year-old Emily Dodge, she is less intimidated by law enforcement officers now that she has met several of them.

"I would be confident saying hi to any other police officer because of how they acted towards me," she said, "so it would actually be fun to say hi to another police officer."

With over 38 million people nationwide gathered at similar events, organizers hope this effort will promote understanding and unity.

Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens said the event was a great opportunity for officers to engage with the community on a personal level - an initiative he plans to continue.

Copyright 2016 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Attorney: California police shot unarmed black man 10 times

    Attorney: California police shot unarmed black man 10 times

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:15:47 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:12 AM EDT2018-04-24 05:12:37 GMT
    (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP). Lee Merritt, center, leads a news conference, Monday, April 23 2018, in San Bernardino, Calif., announcing a series of lawsuits against the Barstow Police Department regarding the shooting death of Diante "Butchie"...(James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP). Lee Merritt, center, leads a news conference, Monday, April 23 2018, in San Bernardino, Calif., announcing a series of lawsuits against the Barstow Police Department regarding the shooting death of Diante "Butchie"...

    Lawyers for the family of a black man killed by police in a busy Southern California parking lot say an autopsy found he was shot 10 times and died from choking on his own blood as police delayed getting him medical help.

    Lawyers for the family of a black man killed by police in a busy Southern California parking lot say an autopsy found he was shot 10 times and died from choking on his own blood as police delayed getting him medical help.

  • Pompeo nomination narrowly clears panel, goes to full Senate

    Pompeo nomination narrowly clears panel, goes to full Senate

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:05 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:05:19 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-04-24 05:10:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). In this April 12, 2018, photo, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump’s nominee for secreta...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). In this April 12, 2018, photo, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump’s nominee for secreta...
    Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend his confirmation.
    Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend his confirmation.
  • Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

    Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:35 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:35:40 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 1:09 AM EDT2018-04-24 05:09:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File). FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington. Now it’s Was...(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File). FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington. Now it’s Was...

    Senators discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's...

    Senators discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department.

Powered by Frankly