Fresno residents take part in National Night Out
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- While the event only comes once a year, people at Quigley Park were hopeful their event would have a lasting impact.
A couple hundred people gathered at Quigley Park, located in a neighborhood where several shootings have taken place in recent months. "A definite change. A scary change for those of us who live in Northwest," said La Tanya Gentel.
Fresno Police reported 23 shootings in a five week period in the Northwest policing district summer, leading them to step up their suppression efforts in the area. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said their efforts worked. "Over the last four weeks, that number has been reduced to three shootings... We've had dramatic reductions in violence," said Dyer.
While police officers continue their stepped up efforts to curb violent crimes, they're hoping neighbors will do their part as well. Dyer said that's what National Night Out is all about... bringing law enforcement and communities together to take a stand against crime.
While the event only comes once a year, people at Quigley Park were hopeful their event would have a lasting impact. "So people can see that in spite of it being so bad, we do have a safe haven here. We have the police officers here and everyone is getting along," said Gentel.
Police said their suppression efforts haven't ended. In fact, they've expanded deployments city-wide, putting 35-40 extra officers on the streets Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
fresno, fresno county, local, amanda perez
- Tulare Police Chief Arrested 19 min ago
- Obama: Sanctions show costs to Russia on Crimea 4 min ago
- Merced PD looks for witnesses to deadly shooting
- LA police say no leads in abduction of 4 kids
- Sonic robbed at gunpoint in Clovis
- Large fire burns abandoned home in Central Fresno
- Final words from jet came after systems shutdown
- Teen mom speaks after infant son's nose bitten off
- Final Crimea count: 97 percent back Russia
- Los Angeles police get loaner Lamborghini
- Ukrainians in Fresno react to Crimea vote
- Child may be to blame for Fresno garage fire
- Crash sends Fresno police car into canal
- 16 killed in stampedes for jobs in Nigeria
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos