Monday, August 2, 2010

NEWS RELEASE - National Night Out 2010 - Tomorrow Night!

City of Takoma Park Police Department
• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

August 2, 2010 (1:52 p.m.)

The City of Takoma Park Police Department would like to encourage you to attend the City's annual National Night Out Activities on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Essex House, 7777 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland. Remember, National Night Out is a nationally recognized celebration. National Night Out is a time for community members to come out of their homes, meet their neighbors, local police officials and other governmental representatives.

National Night out is designed to heighten community awareness of crime and drug prevention; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back; and promote emergency preparedness awareness.

Activities will include food, music, games, face painting, moon bounce, sno-cones, cotton candy, ice pops, fire truck, 9-1-1 emergency center demonstration by the Fire Chief, Buckle-up for Safety, general safety information, police horse demonstration, officers on bikes, as well as other children’s events and activities. FREE CHILD IDENTIFICATION SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE.

In addition, there will be an update on the Takoma Park Police Department's participation in the “Project 365” program. This program asks each police department participating in National Night Out to designate a problem and/or problem area within their community. The goal is to work towards correcting, or having a major impact, on the problem within an estimated "365" days - or in other words, from National Out 2009 to National Night Out 2010. Takoma Park Police's objective for “Project 365” was to target drug activity, whereby decreasing crime in the area. By targeting the drug problem, we also targeted the gang activity, and other criminal offenses related to that "life-style," i.e., graffiti, loitering, auto theft, theft from vehicles, etc.

The success of any police department is contingent upon the involvement of the community and National Night Out provides us with the reminder that the police alone cannot be the sole providers of safety and security in a community. Citizen involvement and participation is instrumental in addressing crime and crime prevention in communities. National Night Out is a time for us to reinforce our commitment to strengthening police community partnerships.

We look forward to another successful National Night Out in Takoma Park!