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Join the City of Renton for National Night Out

July 31, 2013

For more information contact:

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

Tuesday, August 6, 4:00 to7:30 p.m. at Philip Arnold Park

RENTON
: On Tuesday, August 6, neighborhoods throughout the City of Renton are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 30th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. This year the City of Renton is hosting the local event at Philip Arnold Park, 720 Jones Ave. S. from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. There will be food, safety games, and fun party hoppers for the kids.

“National Night Out is a great way to strengthen our neighborhoods and to create partnerships between the police and local communities,” said Renton Police Chief Kevin Milosevich. “I enjoy the personal interactions I have with community members and this event is a way for people who work and live in Renton to get to know their police officers.”

“National Night Out is a way to send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and united in fighting crime,” said Cyndie Parks, Renton’s NNO coordinator.

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 2013 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 6, 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.