Union City Police busy planning National Night Out activities

Union City Police busy planning National Night Out activities

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 9:37 pm

Union City police have planned a full day of events — starting with a prayer breakfast and ending with community block parties — to mark National Night Out this year. Police are asking for the community’s help in celebrating the Aug. 5 event, in which neighborhoods throughout Union City will 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.” 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. Registration forms for block parties are available at the Union City Police Department or by calling the police department at 885-1515 to have one sent. The first 10 people to sign up for block parties will receive a National Night Out hat or T-shirt. The full schedule of events for Aug. 5 includes: • Community prayer breakfast and service, 7 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, located at 422 East Church St. in Union City (with parking in the rear off Exchange Street); • KidCare Photo I.D., child safety seat checkpoint and National Child Identification Program with DNA and fingerprint kits, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Union City; • Project Child Safe (free gun locks), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter; • Art contest, 3-4 p.m. at the Union City Municipal Building; • Basketball shoot-off, 4-5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park next to the police station downtown; • A visit from the Union City Fire Department’s fire safety house, 3-5 p.m. at Kiwanis Park; • Children’s carnival for children ages 12 and younger, 3-6 p.m. at Kiwanis Park; • Children’s cookout for children ages 12 and younger, 3-6 p.m. at Kiwanis Park; • Highway safety, drug awareness and community policing displays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Union City Municipal Building; • Tire safety checks provided by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; and • Community block parties, with McGruff the crime prevention mascot making visits, throughout the evening. Police said any child who participates in the different events during the day will be given free tickets to the children’s carnival at Kiwanis Park. Plus, free tickets to the children’s carnival will be provided to any child age 12 and younger who stops and asks a police officer during the weekend prior to Aug. 5. Trophies, medals and different prizes will be awarded in the various contests during the day and Magical Mink’s will provide entertainment at the children’s carnival. 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. Published in The Messenger 7.14.08

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