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Crime's Night Out set
Monday, July 30, 2012
The Martinsville Police Department proclaims it is giving crime and illegal drugs “a going away party.”
This year’s National Night Out block parties, sponsored by Neighborhood Watch groups, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7 at three city locations:
• First Baptist Church of East Martinsville, 1043 E. Church St.
• St. Paul High Street Baptist Church, 401 W. Fayette St.
• Agape Bible Christian Fellowship, 240 E. Market St.
The block parties are open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to bring a covered dish food item of their choice and a lawn chair.
Also, to show support, people are asked to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening outside with their neighbors and police.
This is the 29th year that National Night Out is being held. The nationwide event will involve more than 10,000 communities in all 50 states, according to a release from the police department.
National Night Out aims to raise awareness of crime and illegal drugs, send criminals a message that neighborhoods are fighting crime, generate support for — and participation in — local crime-fighting efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
“This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” said city Police Chief Mike Rogers. “It is great to see our officers and folks in the community getting together to interact when it is not a tragedy, or them being a victim of a crime.”