National Night Out

For the families and community members who headed outside for this year’s National Night Out, it was a chance to visit with neighbors, meet new friends, play games and more. But it was also a chance for people to meet local sheriff’s deputies, police officers, firefighters, paramedics and elected officials. Durham County’s National Night Out, held on August 5, took place in more than 100 neighborhoods and communities throughout the county. At many neighborhood events there was music, face painting, dancing, raffles and more — all with the goal of strengthening community partnerships and fighting crime. Several Durham County elected and administrative officials spent the evening making stops at different neighborhood events to meet with local residents. National Night Out is spearheaded each year by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The purposes of National Night Out are to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships. For more information, visit the NATW website here.

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