National Night Out is Aug. 7 at Prentis Park

National Night Out is Aug. 7 at Prentis Park
The Vermillion Police Department invites everyone in Vermillion and the surrounding area to take part in the 24th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.

The event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by the Vermillion Police Department.

It will involve over 11,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

    On Tuesday, Aug. 7, between 5 and 9 p.m., the Vermillion Police Department will host an event in the northwest corner of Prentis Park in Vermillion. As in the past, there will be tons of fun and exciting games, from train rides for the kids to a dunk tank featuring your favorite local celebrities. Volunteers, anyone?

    Music will be by Open Mike's, and Hy-Vee will have a food booth.

    One objective of National Night Out is to get people out of their houses, to host their own events, block parties, cookouts, youth activities and anti-crime rallies. Be sure to let the Vermillion Police Department know of any event your block may be hosting and they will stop in for a visit as a way to help strengthen the police-community partnership.

    Get to know your neighbors and local police force. Work together to fight crime. This will help to build a safer community.

    "This is a night for Americans to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity," said Matt Peskin, national project director.

    People who would like more information or need help in planning events may contact Crystal Brady at the Vermillion Police Department, (605) 677-7070.

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