UC police, neighborhoods to join effort again

UC police, neighborhoods to join effort again

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2008 9:00 pm

Union City police need the community’s help in making Aug. 5 a “Night” to remember. Neighborhoods throughout Union City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 25th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out — sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Union City Police Department — will involve over 11,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 35 million people are expected to participate in what is dubbed “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. From 7-10 p.m. Aug. 5, residents in neighborhoods throughout Union City and across the United States are being asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said many neighborhoods across Union City will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies. Permit applications for block parties are available at the Union City Police Department. The first 10 applicants will each receive a National Night Out T-shirt and ball cap. Additional local National Night Out activities will be announced by the police department within the next week. “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” national project coordinator Matt Peskin said. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On August 5, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in giving crime and drugs a going-away party.” Published in The Messenger 7.7.08

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