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City of Renton Joins Nationwide Effort to Give Crime a Going Away Party

July 30, 2012

For more information contact:

Cyndie Parks,
Community Program Coordinator, Renton Police Department, 425-430-7521
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

National Night Out – Tuesday, August 7, at Heritage Park

RENTON: On Tuesday, August 7, neighborhoods throughout the City of Renton are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 29th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. This year the City of Renton is hosting the local event at Heritage Park, 233 Union Ave. NE, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. There will be food, safety games, and fun party hoppers for the kids.

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 showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party.”

“National Night Out is an excellent opportunity for the community to get to know our officers, and our officers to get to know the community,” said Renton Police Chief Kevin Milosevich. “The personal interactions we have during this event go a long way towards building trust between our department and the people who live and work in Renton. We encourage everybody to come out and join us for this event.”

“National Night Out is a great way to promote neighborhood spirit and safety by getting to know your neighbors, city staff and, members of your police department,” said Cyndie Parks, Renton’s NNO coordinator. “The eyes and ears of neighbors are often the best weapon against burglaries and other neighborhood crime. This event can be used as a ‘springboard’ for those who want to become more involved in the safety of their community.”

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 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, 37.1 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” NNO 2012 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.

From 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on August 7, 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 .