TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - An event aimed to advance the relationships between the community and law enforcement rolled into town Saturday.
The ninth annual Communities Forward Festival kicked off this afternoon with a parade that started at the C.C. Augustus Center and ended at Gumtree Park.
Tupelo City Councilwoman Nettie Davis said this year had over 40 organizations ride in the parade and nearly 30 vendors at the festival.
"It's very vital that we have good law enforcement," Davis said. "We need people who are kind to the community, but at the same time make sure rules are carried out."
"I think it's just a good event," she added. "We really enjoy working with the police, and they enjoy working with us."
Davis said she spearheaded the parade and festival nine years ago to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the citizens.