National Night Out is scheduled Aug. 3

National Night Out is scheduled Aug. 3 The 21st Annual National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

This is a night in which communities around the nation band together against crime and drug abuse. Although this is only the second year that Vermillion is taking part in this event, other communities have been reaping the benefits for the past two decades.

Since last year was Vermillion's first year of participation, the Vermillion Police Department started out small and requested that residents of the community turn on their porch lights in recognition of the event. This year, the Vermillion Police Department hopes to get everyone more involved.

On Aug. 3, with the assistance of the Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Development Company, the Vermillion Police Department is sponsoring a cookout in Prentis Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Hy-Vee will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and pop at a cost of $1 per person.

The following activities will be available: Frisbee golf, basketball shooting contests, dunk tank � including the police chief, fishing tank for kids, inflated castle for kids, swimming, bike registration.

Neighborhoods in Vermillion are also encouraged to have cookouts of their own if they so wish. If any neighborhoods decide to have a cookout, Vermillion police request that they notify the police department so officers can stop by and get to know the community on a more personal level.

Please join the nation in giving crime and drugs a going away party.

This year, over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world are expected to participate.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime 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.

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