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Night Out to be held Tuesday
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Martinsville will take part in the 30th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event Tuesday.
“This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. 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,” said Martinsville Police Officer Coretha Gravely, who oversees the Neighborhood Watch programs for the department.
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; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 6 to 8 p.m., residents throughout Martinsville are asked to lock their doors, turn on porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhood Watch Groups throughout the city will be hosting block parties. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish of their choice and a lawn chair.
Block party locations are:
• First Baptist Church of East Martinsville, 1043 E. Church St.
• McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, 107 Clearview Drive
• Agape Bible Christian Fellowship, 240 E. Market St.
Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said the office does not organize events for National Night Out due to the cost.
Instead, according Lt. Col. Steve Eanes, the office encourages people to remain in their neighborhoods and talk to their neighbors. He added that the office would have patrols throughout the county that night.
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Martinsville Police Department. It will involve more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states.