July 24, 2000
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Bothell Police Department, will involve over 9,500 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.
In all, over 32 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime." The event is also supported in part by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. National Night Out is designed to:
National Project coordinator Matt Peskin said, "National Night Out is an extraordinary way to build neighborhood unity and strengthen police-community partnerships. Neighbors meet neighbors, and citizens and local police have the opportunity to enhance their relationships. We invite neighborhoods nationwide to join forces with us to give crime and drugs a going-away party."
The Bothell Police Department is also asking that area businesses and neighborhoods get into the spirit of National Night Out by planning block parties or cookouts.
"Our patrol officers will be out in force that evening and will stop by neighborhood gatherings to meet residents and answer questions," said Crime Prevention Officer Elmer Brown. "This is an excellent opportunity for our officers to get out and meet the citizens they serve; after all, we are all striving toward the same goal--a crime-resistant community."
For more information about National Night Out, or how you can organize your neighborhood into a Block Watch neighborhood, contact the Bothell Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at (425) 487-5505; or visit the National Night Out website at www.natw.org for more information.