Neighborhoods throughout Winston-Salem are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide on Tuesday, Aug. 3, for the 27th Annual National Night Out for crime and drug prevention.
From 6 to 9 p.m., residents in neighborhoods throughout Winston-Salem and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.
Local observance of National Night Out will begin at 6 p.m. in the 1000 block of Willowlake Drive in the Fox Hall community, where Mayor Allen Joines, members of the City Council, city officials, police officers, and local residents will kick off National Night Out.
Throughout the city, participating neighborhoods plan to hold such activities as block parties, cook-outs, visits with police officers, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities, and anti-crime rallies.
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Winston-Salem Police Department, will involve more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, more than 37 million people are expected to participate in "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 that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
For more information about National Night Out, call Officer Ryan M. Hagan at 726-2029.