Shreveport Criminal Justice Degree Students and Staff Host National Night Out Contributed by Kristi Kohl, Shreveport Campus Librarian More than 100 people turned out for Remington College's Shreveport "National Night Out - Giving Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party" on October 5, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees enjoyed a bounce house, face painting, informational booklets, food, and fellowship. Shreveport college students and faculty, families, neighbors, and local businesses gathered in support of the Shreveport Fire and Police Departments, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department, and other local and federal agencies. Criminal Justice Degree Program Chair Mara Elliott, faculty, and students organized the event. Eighteen Criminal Justice student volunteers helped to man the inflatable bounce house, coordinate a bike safety obstacle course, demonstrate equipment, and distribute popcorn and sno-cones. Eight Shreveport police officers, six local firefighters with two fire trucks, four members of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department, a K-9 officer and his dog, a detective from Internal Affairs, a representative from the Mayor's Office, and the president of the neighboring Southern Hills Homeowners Association were also on hand to answer questions and distribute information. How National Night Out Benefited Shreveport Criminal Justice Students "This was a great opportunity for our criminal justice students to interact with professionals in law enforcement. Our students got one-on-one time to talk with law enforcement professionals, ask them questions, and receive valuable career advice," said Shreveport Director of Career Services Becky Currier. How National Night Out Benefited the Shreveport Community A canned goods drive was also conducted, with 180 pounds of donated food items collected to benefit the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. In addition, several youth from the local chapter of Top Teens of America sold nachos and cheese sauce. The Sheriff's Department conducted onsite fingerprinting for children and distributed packets that included information on: Family and home security. Gang control and prevention. How to detect whether a child is in trouble. How to educate yourself and communicate with children about drinking and drugs. Sheriff's Operation Safeguard (SOS), a free program that helps to identify and reunite lost memory-impaired persons with their families. Thank You to the Shreveport College Students and Staff Who Made the Event Possible Special thanks go to the Shreveport College Career Services Department, which was instrumental in planning and assisting with the event. Director of Career Services Becky Currier and Career Services Representative Natasha Melder rallied the volunteers, contributed labor and muscle during the event setup and breakdown, and offered face and bald-head painting. The event planners also wish to thank the 15 Medical Assisting and Medical Billing and Coding students who helped with the event, provided free blood pressure screenings, and answered questions regarding CPR and public health. Shreveport Medical Assisting Program Chair Clark Riser commented, "It's good to know that people are eager to learn more about CPR, especially the new and expecting mothers." "Mara did such a wonderful job orchestrating this event, which went off without a hitch," said Shreveport Director of Education Dr. Catherine Reynolds, adding, "It's so encouraging to be part of a team that truly comes together for these events. The inspiration provided for and by our students is one of the best things about being a part of Remington College - Shreveport Campus."