Photo courtesy National Night Out Facebook page
Northeast Florida -- Baker and Clay counties have announced that they have begun planning for "America's Night out Against Crime."
The events are part of the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs, which culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August.
National Night Out was first introduced in 1984 and began as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs and youth events.
National Project Coordinator, Matt Peskin said, "This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and "give crime a going away party."
The NNO event in Baker County will be on August 6th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The City of Macclenny's Memorial Park (Duck Pond). Anyone who is interested in setting up a booth or participating in the event should contact Rachel Sulkowski at 904-653-6021 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NNO event in Clay County will also be on August 6th and is still in the preliminary planning stages. Information will be made available on the Clay County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. More information is also available by calling (904) 264-6512.
For more information about National Night Out, visit the NATW website at www.natw.org.
First Coast News