Neighborhoods are Getting Ready for National Night Out 2016

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Neighborhoods in Arlington are getting ready for National Night Out 2016.

Ten free pizzas will help to ensure enough food for neighbors gathering for Chuck Chambers’ gathering in the South Police District on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

This week, Deputy Chief Os Flores drew the winning neighborhood as part of a prize drawing for early bird NNO registrants.

Mr. Chambers said his neighborhood has been participating in National Night Out since 2011.

“We do it just to get together,” he says. “We come together in the cul de sac and talk about our neighborhood, our city and other important issues.”

“Throughout the year, we keep a watch out on everyone,” he said.

With the additional pizza, he plans to extend the invitation to others in the 400 block of Quail Roost Lane.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” began in 1984 to encourage participation in crime prevention activities and police-community partnerships. This event sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are prepared and fighting back against crime, said Crime Prevention Sgt. Vincent Pewitt.

National Night Out program is observed annually on the first Tuesday of October in Texas. For the rest of the country, NNO is the first Tuesday in August. National Night Out involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states.

The city of Arlington has participated in National Night Out for over 20 years. In 2015, Arlington ranked third in the nation among the largest U.S. cities participating in National Night Out.

In Arlington neighborhoods, barbecue pits will be fired up with burgers and hot dogs. Some neighborhoods will have food trucks, entertainment events that include live music, dancing, pie-eating contests and games for the kids.

The purpose of National Night Out is to build strong partnerships between the police and communities, and to promote crime prevention programs such as Community Watch, Citizens on Patrol and Citizens Police Academy.

How to get started? Discuss the idea with neighbors and plan your activity. Attend the NNO Safety Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., talk with Crime Prevention Officers to learn more about getting your neighborhood involved.

If you would like to help the City of Arlington take a proactive stance against crime and compete for another national award, register your National Night Out 2016 event.

 

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