Monett Lions hear about local police activities

Friday, March 23, 2018
Pictured, from left, are: Sgt. Paul Ferguson and Sgt. David Haskins from the Monett Police Department, with Monett Lion Walt Hamer at a Monett Lions meeting. Contributed photo

Officers discuss Monett programs, plan for Night Out

Monett law enforcement was capably represented when Sgt. Paul Ferguson and Sgt. David Haskins from the Monett Police Department spoke recently to the Monett Lions.

The officers outlined preliminary plans for Monett's Second Annual Night Out With Police Against Crime, scheduled for Aug. 7.

Ferguson shared the history of the event by explaining that this year marks the 35th anniversary of the "Night Out" at the national level. Last year, 3.6 million people nationwide participated in activities designed to bring law enforcement personnel and the public together for an enjoyable evening involving food, games, entertainment, and general goodwill. Last summer, the Monett community experienced its first "Night Out".

Current plans for this summer's event call for utilizing the new Jerry Hall Memorial Pavilion on Front Street and expanding activities for attendees. Ferguson and Haskins previewed some activities already on tap and explained that they are working diligently to get local organizations and businesses onboard as part of this community project. The officers conveyed the message that the more businesses and clubs participate, the more successful this year's festivities will be. Plans call for providing activities for people of all ages.

According to Tom Wormington, club President, Monett Lions plan to utilize the organization's motto "We Serve" by supporting local law enforcement with several activities for the event. Lions will also supply volunteers to assist in making this year's Night Out with Police Against Crime a success.