By ROB LARSON
Daily Press Staff Writer
As Artesia’s National Night Out Against Crime came to a close Tuesday, those that helped make the event possible, along with various members of law enforcement throughout the community, were all smiles.
“By our estimates, we had the most people at National Night Out we have had since its inauguration in Artesia four years ago,” Sgt. Lindell Smith of the Artesia Police Department said. “An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people came and went for the festivities during the evening. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.
Thanks to the media agencies that covered the event, those who planned and participated as sponsors, and to the citizens who chose to come out to be a part of the event.”
Eddy County Sheriff Ernest Mendoza, who sponsored the Mascot Challenge, a dance-off with five or six local mascots, was also happy to see the community come together without any use of alcohol or drugs.