“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
The importance of a strong and safe community and neighborhood cannot be overstated. National Night Out is celebrating its 31st year of “America’s Night Out Against Crime” this coming Tuesday, August 5. The night is dedicated to neighborhoods coming out, spending time together and promoting various crime prevention programs, including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies and more.
Many neighborhoods throw a block party and spend more time getting to know each other and building relationships with their local police and firefighters. I have always been a strong supporter of this night because I think it helps strengthen neighborhood spirit and builds trust with local law enforcement. Additionally, the night sends a message to criminals reminding them that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.
Dozens of neighborhoods across the Twin Cities will be among the 16,124 communities that celebrate this night each year. In fact, more than 37.8 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime.’ Celebrations are held in all 50 states, U.S. Territories, and even Canadian cities and military bases around the world. Below I’ve listed links to local Night Out activities and how you can get involved.
• Maplewood: http://bit.ly/1rMWdG8
• White Bear Lake: http://bit.ly/Xa2FKm
• North Saint Paul: http://bit.ly/1tnFcma
• Oakdale: http://bit.ly/1qgX6SA
• St. Paul: http://bit.ly/1rMWitj
I hope you’ll join this nationwide celebration by turning your front porch lights on as a symbolic vigil of neighborhood watch. I’ll be out and about attending several National Night Out celebrations, meeting with constituents and enjoying the camaraderie of the evening. I’d also like to remind everyone that when we work with our local police and fire departments they can do a better job of protecting our communities. I urge everyone to take a moment to talk to their law enforcement officers when they see them out and open those lines of communication.
For more information on National Night Out, visit their website at: http://natw.org/about/
As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions regarding any issue. I encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you’d like me to stop by your home or apartment. Also, please tune in to my local cable TV show, “Your Capitol: What’s Up?” which appears on public access channels 15 and 16. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 651-296-6820.