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National Night Out Against Crime

Posted 6/26/2012 1:17 PM by KWESTBERG

Tuesday, August 7, between 5 and 9pm, neighborhoods all over Spokane County will be gathering for the 29th Annual National Night Out Against Crime sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
Anyone can organize a National Night Out party—citizens, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, apartment complexes, homeowner’s associations, military bases, and more—you do not need to be a watch group to have a party.
According to the NATW, in 2011 over 15,000 communities all over the United States and Canada participated in the National Night Out (NNO) event.
Everyone is invited to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, keep watch over the neighborhood and enjoy the numerous events such as potlucks, BBQs, ice cream socials, safety fairs and more.
The event is designed to:
• Build awareness about crime and drug prevention
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts
• Develop and strengthen partnerships with local law enforcement
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit
• Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
If groups register their events, local agencies such as Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, S.C.O.P.E. (Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort) volunteers, and other public officials will try to stop by throughout the evening.
Registrations for the county are handled by Neighborhood Watch and S.C.O.P.E. (Sheriff’s Community Oriented Policing Effort). Please contact Simone Ramel, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator at 509-477-3055 or email: sramel@spokanesheriff.org. You can also get the registration form online at www.spokanesheriff.org. Click on Crime Prevention at the top of the home page, then click on Neighborhood Watch.
To register parties for the City of Spokane, please contact Maurece Vulcano with C.O.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing Services) at 509-835-4572.
Target is once again the national corporate sponsor for National Night Out. At the local level, the Valley and North stores will be having events earlier in the day. Please contact Target for details.
Groups can also buy logo products on-line at the NATW Web site. Visit www.natw.org/nno.
For more information about the NATW or NNO at the national level, visit www.natw.org/nno.

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