By National Association of Town Watch, Special for USDR
Citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses and local officials in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide will join forces to mark the 34th Annual National Night Out (NNO) – a police-community partnership event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Nationally, over 37 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ this year. National Night Out 2017 corporate sponsors are Dietz & Watson, ADT, Ring, King’s Hawaiian and Associa.
“It’s a night for neighbors and local law enforcement to come together under positive circumstances,” said Matt Peskin, creator of the event. “The most difficult thing for first responders that night is getting from one party to the next.”
Along with the traditional “lights on” and front porch vigils, there will be thousands of crime prevention block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, ice cream socials, neighborhood visits by local police, flashlight walks and neighborhood meetings.
National Night Out is designed to:
(1) Heighten crime prevention awareness;
(2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
(3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
(4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Peskin added, “It is a good old-fashioned celebration for neighborhoods along with being a wonderful event for local law enforcement.”
For more information, visit nationalnightout.org.
SOURCE National Association of Town Watch