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Savannah's National Night Out 2017 considered a success

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School supplies, prizes, and food were just some of the attractions at dozens of National Night Out neighborhood events across Savannah Tuesday night. 

"Back to school supplies for the kids and everything. I think everybody had a nice time," said Felicia Freeman, first time attending National Night Out. 

The event is meant to bring the community - and the people sworn to protect it - closer together. 

On Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department's Twitter feed, there was a message earlier saying that National Night Out 2017 was a great success. They shared a lot of laughs and some great food and conversation with the community. 

Highlighting drug and crime prevention within each community was just a part of the experience. 

"To build a relationship, a better relationship with our community and with the police in a safe environment," said Ofc. Thomas Norris, Crime Prevention Officer, SCMPD. 

Relationship building spanned all ages, but for police, there was a particular focus on the younger generation. 

"We would like for the neighbors, along with the parents - and that's a part of National Night Out - to get with these kids and let them know, 'hey, you don't have to do this. There are alternatives, and everybody's watching," said Cpl. Dion Hurley, Juvenile Detective, SCMPD. 

"I'm glad they came out in support and let the kids know that they are out here for them, not against them," said Freeman. 

That gratitude was shown from event to event. Some neighborhood groups even cheered as new officers walked in. 

"We want the officers to know that we appreciate what they do for us. We appreciate how they protect us and we appreciate the service that they give each and every day," said Ruby Lipscomb, Liberty City NNO. 

With the turnout across the city, community groups and police alike hope to send a message to would-be criminals that together they are organized and fighting back. 

National Night Out is in it's 35th year in Savannah. 

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