National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships


Matt Peskin, the founder and executive director of National Association of Town Watch started the National Night Out program in 1984 in various areas throughout the country. Here in Redding, numerous block parties were organized.

Bucci said the department encourages residents on August 1 to turn on their porch lights, go outside and meet their neighbors.

"National Night Out provides us a great opportunity to build upon existing relationships and strengthen partnerships between neighbors and our officers patrolling neighborhoods", said Police Chief Scott Heller. The City Council Members, department heads and employees from numerous city departments, fire fighters, and police officers will be at a centralized location outside the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The timing, he said, is especially relevant with some perceptions about law enforcement. "We would rather get a call and find nothing than get a call later and find out there was an issue". That first event involved about 2.5 million people in 400 communities in 23 states.

"People can get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere", he said.

"There is no agenda, no presentation", she said.

"Crime prevention is a team effort", Wolfswinkel said.

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The Algonquin Police Department has canceled its National Night Out event planned for next week due to this month's unprecedented storms and flooding.

The National Night Out treasure hunt is now underway in Hermiston (see bonus clue and more information on Page 1).

Eric Hester, Duke Police community services officer, said five Duke police officers have volunteered to take turns for a dip in the dunk tank. Also, local businesses have donated items to be used as door prizes and raffle drawings.

Typically the hangouts include a cookout, children's games and other fun outdoor activities.

Also, a resident will be recognized as the Neighbor of the Year (nominations accepted through Monday).

Anyone looking for more information should call the Delafield Police Department at 262-646-6240. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 10 the Fireman's Park Pavilion. Hot dogs with trimmings will be served at the event.

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