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Union City Police Department recognized for its annual National Night Out efforts

Union City Police Department recognized for its annual National Night Out efforts

By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Messenger Staff Reporter
Another successful National Night Out for the Union City Police Department, another national award.
Union City Police Chief Joe Garner recently learned from the National Association of Town Watch that Union City has been selected as a National Award Winner for its outstanding participation in the 24th Annual National Night Out crime, drug and violence prevention program.
National Night Out was staged Aug. 7 in communities across the nation. Union City’s efforts included a full day of activities for both children and adults, beginning early in the day with a kick-off prayer breakfast and concluding later in the evening with a children’s carnival and neighborhood block parties.
According to the National Association of Town Watch, this year’s event was the largest ever, involving 35.4 million people in 11,310 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.
“We extend our congratulations for being selected among the nation’s best,” national project coordinator Matt A. Peskin said in a letter to Garner.
Peskin said there were hundreds of entries in the category in which Union City was judged and the awards committee selected the top entries for national recognition.
“… We salute you and your community for a job well done,” he added.
In Tennessee, only four communities or military installations received national recognition this year, according to lists of winners posted on the National Association of Town Watch’s Web site (www.natw.org). They include the Murfreesboro area in the category for populations of 50,000-99,999; Union City and Sweetwater in the category for populations under 15,000; and NSA Mid-South TN in the military/navy category.
To be considered for the honor, Union City police submitted the results of their National Night Out celebration, including written reports, photos, newspaper clippings and a video showing the day’s activities.
Union City’s win this year marks the 11th national award recognition the city has received in recent years. The city had also earned the Rookie of the Year award in 1994.
Garner said the entire community can be proud of the recognition Union City has received, since National Night Out is truly a community effort that involves many individuals and organizations working together.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.20.07

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