'National Night Out' brings neighbors together

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office participated in "National Night Out" events around the Grand Valley tonight.

Dozens of communities participated in the event. It was an opportunity to meet their neighbors and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Jaye Baugh, is the site manager for the Garden Village Apartments, and she says every year she welcomes the neighborhood to attend the event.

“Ithink it's really important for our tenants to come out and meet the resources- the police officers, the firemen and each other," said Baugh.

And a main reason behind Baugh's efforts is to protect the children in her community.

“We like to get to know our children in the neighborhood and we like to know them by name, so that if something were to happen to them that they would feel comfortable coming to us or even their neighbors," said Baugh.

And the site manager says, the gathering helps improve the community's quality of life.

“Visit with people and get to know them, their families, it makes life a lot more comfortable for them,” said Baugh.

Officials from the Grand Junction Police and fire department made their rounds in to area neighborhoods. The Mesa County Sheriff's office along with Crimestoppers, hosted a free community event at Kimwood Park.

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