Tuesday, August 4, 2015 is a day for block parties and barbecues. Crime Prevention Specialist Michelle Backeroff of the Turlock Police Department explains, “National Night Out is a national program that is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, and also to support neighborhood watch programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit.” Patrol officers, the Chief of Police, city employees, individuals from the Fire Department and McGruff the Crime Dog will visit the various events held throughout the community. Backeroff says, “We encourage neighborhoods to get out of their homes and interact with each other. A lot of the neighborhoods will be putting on ice cream socials, block parties, BBQs.”
The goal of this yearly event is to build partnerships in the community and put faces with the names of the individuals who work to keep our communities safe. Backeroff says, “Personally, when I’m out there as an officer, it opens up communication, and we have an opportunity to maintain contact, so we can give citizens information about crime prevention programs and other programs that the department runs.”
For more information on how to host a National Night Out event in your neighborhood please contact your local police department.
Published in Contentment magazine | Issue 17 – July/August 2015