On Tuesday, Aug. 5, people across the country will turn on their porch lights, fire up the barbecue and gather in their neighborhoods in support of the nationwide crime/drug prevention program called National Night Out.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the popular extension of the Neighborhood Watch Program, and throughout East County, communities and law enforcement agencies will be observing the event with city and neighborhood block parties.
According to Antioch Police Chief Jim Hyde, Neighborhood Watch Programs have increased 81 percent over the past few years. We have tremendous community engagement at the neighborhood level, said Hyde.
Since l981, National Night Out has grown from approximately 400 communities throughout the country to 35.4 million in all 50 states. The message of unity, community spirit and support for local law enforcement has made a powerful impact on residents in both cities and suburbs.
Antioch Crime Prevention Commission Chairman Hans Ho said the National Night Out program is especially important this year. National Night Out takes on an increased significance in light of the abuse allegations of racism in our city and police force, said Ho. We have to stand united and show criminals that the criminal lifestyle has no place in our city.
For information on other National Night Out events in East County, contact your local police departments.