Lavergne event

The La Vergne Police Department SWAT Team displays some weapons and gear at La Vergne’s National Night Out Against Crime event last week.

La Vergne’s National Night Out Against Crime event last Tuesday was so important to the city that the monthly Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting was moved to Thursday to make room for the event on the calendar.

More than 1,000 people gathered at Veteran’s Memorial Park for the event hosted by the La Vergne Police Department with assistance from La Vergne Fire & Rescue.

The Vanderbilt LifeFlight helicopter and crew from the Murfreesboro station was also on hand, as well as the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol and their horses.

New La Vergne Police Chief Burrel “Chip” Davis said the event aligns well with his plans to augment the successes of the police department with a community policing stance. Community Policing creates partnerships with the community to help make the police more effective and more responsive.

“My major goal for the police department is to establish the 21st Century Police Department, which relies heavily on Community Policing,” Chief Davis said. “Community Policing is a partnership that the police department has with the community. They engage with one another. It strengthens the relationship between the two.”

More than a dozen community partners participated in the event, including the Box 100 volunteers, the Boys & Girls Club, the Club Knockout Boxing Gym, Debbie’s Dance Studios, La Vergne Boy Scout Troop 340 and area churches.

The event had some realism tossed in at one point. La Vergne Fire & Rescue Department received a call for a serious vehicle accident and launched Engine 41 in approximately 90 seconds.