COVINGTON — For 30 years communities across the state have celebrated during the month of August National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”
This year, as in years past, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the outreach. So far, only the Communities of Ellington has signed up. Their event will take place Tuesday, Aug. 6, starting at 5 p.m.
“We encourage other neighborhoods to take part,” said NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Cortney Morrison. “Anyone or any group interested in participating should contact our Community Outreach Division by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. “We are more than willing to come out and assist.”
Morrison said the Sheriff’s Office provides speakers and makes presentations on safety issues that are of concern to residents.
National Night Out is celebrated in all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. The event is designed to increase awareness about police programs such as drug prevention, neighborhood watches and other anti-crime efforts. Also, the events increase neighborhood spirit, strengthen police-community partnerships and let criminals know that neighborhoods are active and ready to fight back against crime.
“Basically it’s for the community to take a stand against crime and let criminals know they are not going to tolerate it, nor is the Sheriff’s Office going to tolerate it. It’s a time for us to come together and make a statement,” Morrison said.
Community groups usually join together for activities such as cookouts, block parties, parades, flashlight walks and even festivals. The Sheriff’s Office or police are invited to take part in a portion of the event.