Payson Gears Up For National Night Out On Aug. 1

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The Payson Police Department, along with the National Association of Town Watch, is gearing up for another National Night Out.

Last year Payson received a national award for its participation in the National Night Out and this year the PPD is asking for the community’s help.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, there will be a daylong celebration at Green Valley Park with games for children and loads of fun. This year the PPD is looking for businesses and organizations to plan, organize, find sponsors for and man an activity on that day.

Last year the crowd was great and this year will be even better.

Tuesday, Aug. 4 will be the actual National Night Out, with block parties and neighborhood get-togethers.

The PPD is looking for neighborhoods that want to be a part of this night out — lock the doors and turn on the lights and party with the neighbors. Let the department know where the events will be and an officer will stop by, visit and answer questions.

These activities are known to reduce crime rates.

New to Payson this year will be Project 365. The PPD needs residents to let it know of problem areas in the community to be cleaned up. This could be anything from an area taken over by drug dealers, gang problems, graffiti problems, to expanding Neighborhood Watch.

The goal will be to work toward correcting that problem within an estimated 365 days — or by National Night Out 2010.

Residents, businesses and organizations wanting to make a donation, plan, organize, man, sponsor or find sponsors for an activity, should call (928) 474-5242, ext. 209.

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