Local citizens turned out en mass in Huntersville at the National Night Out organized by the Huntersville

Police Department. Parking at Birkdale Village was scarce as parents attended with their children as they played games and sampled goodies from the vendors. While Birkdale Village was packed, there was also a very good turn out in both Davidson and Cornelius as residents, at Roosevelt Wilson Park and Jetton Village respectively, had an opportunity to meet their public safety officers and find out more about safety awareness and crime prevention.

National Night Out is billed as an event to give neighborhood crime and drugs a going-away party. Our local Crime Stoppers chapter had a presence at all three venues as they handed out literature on how to make our neighborhoods safer. I was impressed by the community and business support of the events as local restaurants like The Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails in Cornelius, and Chick-fil-A at Northcross provided much of the free food.

Local civic organizations, health-care providers, and businesses were also well represented in the family event. While the sky remained overcast for much of the evening and actually dampened the tail end of the Cornelius event, participants enjoyed a great evening socializing with our local law enforcement, learning more about how we as citizens can work together to make a safer community, while generally having an awesome time. A special thanks to all the local law enforcement officers and volunteers who made National Night Out such a success in all three communities!

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will have its opportunity to formally say thank you with a salute to our public safety officers at an annual luncheon that recognizes the Public Safety Officer of the Year from each police and fire department as well as North Mecklenburg Rescue Squad and the Crime Stopper of the Year.

National Night Out is a great community event for the towns of the Lake Norman region. Creating a safe community does not happen by accident. We are fortunate to have dedicated public servants keeping a watchful eye on our communities – both those who are employed by the towns and those who volunteer. Their commitment, hard work, and selfless service are what make our community a great place to live, work, and visit.

– Bill Russell, President of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce