Vermillion police help plan crime prevention event

Vermillion police help plan crime prevention event On Tuesday, Aug. 5, neighborhoods throughout Vermillion are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "20th Annual National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Vermillion Police Department, will involve over 9,800 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.

On the evening of Aug. 5,

residents in neighborhoods throughout Vermillion and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and friends.

Neighborhoods throughout Vermillion are also being encouraged to host block parties or group cookouts in recognition of the event.

The Vermillion Police Department requests that citizen groups that are participating with block parties or group cookouts to contact it so officers can stop by throughout the evening and get to know the citizens of Vermillion on a more personal level.

"This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unit," said National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin. "National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.

Over 33 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime" on Aug. 5. National Night Out 2003 is being supported in part by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

"On Aug. 5, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in giving crime and drugs a going away party," Peskin said.

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