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Sheriff’s National Night Out for Crime Prevention Tuesday Evening at FPC

| October 1, 2012

National Night Out is an annual crime and drug prevention tradition sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting National Night Out at Flagler Palm Coast High School Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office is partnering once again with Target and two new partners, local radio stations Beach 92.7 and Kix Country 98.7 with DJ Vern who will be emceeing the event. Flagler County residents are encouraged to come and pick up some valuable crime prevention information.

Target is a national sponsor of this event that is organized by the National Association of Town Watch. It is sponsored locally by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. A new addition to the evening will be the opportunity for Flagler County parents to pick up applications for “Shop with a Deputy” that will take place in December, ahead of Christmas. Shop With a Deputy is the Sheriff’s Office’s Christmas-gift giveaway for the underprivileged.

The National Night Out event will feature demonstrations from the Sheriff’s K-9 unit and motor units. Police Departments from Bunnell and Flagler Beach will be on site as well as units from the Flagler County Emergency Services Division.

National Night Out is in its 29th year. It is nationally sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and was held in most of the country this year on Aug. 7. It’s being held in Texas and Florida on Oct. 2.

That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out, according to Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans took part in 1984. Participation has grown steadily. The 28th Annual National Night Out last August involved 37.0 million people in 15,110 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2012 was expected to draw out 15,500 communities.

While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of National Night Out, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie,” National Association of Town Watch Executive Director Matt Peskin said. Peskin created National Night Out. “While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It [NNO] is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes – and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

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