Special To The Packet
On Tuesday, August 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., celebrations will take place across the nation in honor of “America’s Night Out.” This is a time when businesses and residents partner to host memorable, block-parties and activities within their communities to foster neighbor-to-neighbor relationships, which have proven to reduce the crime rate. There will be four sites: East Columbus Gymnasium, Sims Scott Park, Townsend Community Center and Sandfield Community Center.
National Night Out is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Criminals do not like to venture into neighborhoods where many eyes are on watch, looking for anything or anyone out of the ordinary. One of the greatest aids the Columbus Police Department has is calls from neighbors who see something on their block that raise their suspicion.
“We hope that you will make a commitment to contribute and continue to make Columbus neighborhoods safe,” said Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen. “Participate in National Night Out Against Crime and meet your neighbors and the officers who patrol your neighborhood. Let’s all work together to keep Columbus one of the safest communities in the nation.”