NPD to host block parties for local youth

AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nashville's Police Department is hosting several block parties in the coming weeks for youth in the area.

The first will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 3 until 5 p.m. in the Nashville Elementary School gym.

Interim Police Chief Joey Corbett said the event is a way to bring youth in the community together with police officers.

Corbett said the event is being held in conjunction with Nashville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, which is partnering with Nashville Elementary School to encourage the Nashville community to join in to read a book.

Corbett said while the block parties are separate events, he said they will provide a good opportunity for the community to begin discussing the book.

The event will include food and games and will also have police and fire vehicles on display.

The goal is for youth to have fun but more importantly, for them to get to interact with officers.

"We're trying to spend time with the youth, that's the objective," Corbett said.

Corbett added that there's been a lot of negativity surrounding law enforcement lately and that may send the wrong message to children.

"We want to try and stay in touch with the children and let them know we're not the bad guy," he said.

Corbett said there will be four block party style events in different areas of the town so that all youth can participate.

"We're going to do four separate events in four different communities," he added.

However, all youth are invited to any of the four events.

Corbett said there will be lots to do.

"We'll be hanging out, having some fun, playing some games, playing with the police cars, playing with the fire cars, whatever the weather will let us do," Corbett said.

The Brooklyn Boulevard kids will be the first community targeted, which will be held this Saturday, March 16 from 3 until 5 p.m. at Nashville Elementary.

The second event will be held on March 23 for youth from Church Street. That event will also be from 3 until 5 p.m. at Nashville Elementary.

The third event is slated for March 30 from 3 until 5 p.m. and will be held at Nash Rec for youth in the Birchwood community.

The fourth and final event will be held on April 19 from 3 until 5 p.m. on Indian Trail for youth in the Indian Trail neighborhood.