The Winston-Salem Police Department has received an award from the National Association of Town Watch for the success of its National Night Out activities this past summer. Winston-Salem was one of 28 cities with a population between 100,000 and 299,000 to be honored for its National Night Out efforts; the city ranked 17th.
Criteria for the award included the quality of area's National Night Out program; the extent of citizen involvement; the extent of police or sheriff department participation and support; news coverage; and the uniqueness and effectiveness of local events developed for National Night Out.
This year’s National Night Out was held on August 5. In all, 20 neighborhood watch groups throughout Winston-Salem participated in National Night Out by holding such events as cookouts, pot luck dinners, dessert socials and neighborhood strolls. Total participation by members of neighborhood watch groups in Winston-Salem almost doubled to 1,204 participants, compared with 670 in 2007. The Pecan Ridge Neighborhood Watch, headed by Ms. Claudette Bailey, led the city with 163 attendees.
Target was the official sponsor of National Night Out and supported the opening ceremony by supplying food, drinks, entertainment, baskets for the neighborhood watch chairpersons and gift certificates for the winners of a scavenger hunt, coloring contest, and poster contest.
Nationwide, more than 10,000 National Night Out celebrations were held throughout the United States, Canada, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide, with more than 35 million participants.
National Night Out is organized by the National Association of Town Watch and is intended to heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
For more information about Neighborhood Watch, call the Crime Prevention Unit of the Winston-Salem Police Department at 773-7935.
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