On Tuesday, Aug. 4, neighborhoods throughout Payson are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 26th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Payson Police Department, will involve more than 11,000 communities from 50 states, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.
In all, more than 35 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” on Aug. 4.
NNO is designated to heighten crime, drug prevention awareness, and generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts. It also strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and sends a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., residents in neighborhoods throughout Payson are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.
Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from local police officers, flashlight walks and anti-crime rallies.
National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out highlights the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.”
The Payson Police Department will kick off the big event by hosting the second annual family day of fun, live music, youth games, entertainment, contests, and crime and drug prevention information.
This event will take place Saturday, Aug. 1 at Green Valley Park from noon to 8 p.m. Organizations will be selling food, snacks and drinks. Highlights at the event include: “Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party” poster/costume contest, Police Officers vs. Firefighters bed race, child fingerprinting, water slide, K-9 demonstrations, kids games and live music. Contact the Payson Police Department for more information, call (928) 474-5242 ext. 209 and visit www.nationalnightout.org to see what other communities are doing for the event.