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City of Renton To Join Cities Nationwide for America’s Night Out Against Crime

July 18, 2011

For more information contact:

Cyndie Parks,
Community Program Coordinator, Renton Police Department, 425-430-7521
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

National Night Out – August 2 at Earlington Park

RENTON: On Tuesday, August 2, neighborhoods throughout the City of Renton are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 28th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. This year the City of Renton is hosting the local event at Earlington Park, 272 Thomas Ave. SW, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. There will be food, safety games, and fun party hoppers for the kids.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Renton Police Department, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, 37 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. NNO 2011 is being supported in part by TARGET, a national corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Tuesday, August 2, residents in neighborhoods throughout Renton and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Renton will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from police, and youth activities.

Individual neighborhoods are invited to join us in our efforts to Give Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party by hosting a special event such as a BBQ, neighborhood block party, ice cream social or youth activity. The city makes every effort to make an appearance at every function, but remember: first come, first served. To register your neighborhood event, please contact Cyndie Parks at 425-430-7521 or email  cparks@rentonwa.gov .