Sher­iff’s of­fice in­vites res­i­dents to Na­tional Night Out

Maryland Independent - - News -

On Aug. 2, from 6-10 p.m., neigh­bor­hoods through­out Charles County are in­vited to team up with thou­sands of com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try for the 33rd An­nual Na­tional Night Out (NNO). Sher­iff Troy Berry (D) and mem­bers of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will join res­i­dents to cel­e­brate the com­mu­nity’s al­liance against crime, drugs and vi­o­lence. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Charles County Crime Solvers, Ex­plor­ers Post No. 1658 and even McGruff the Crime Dog and McGruff’s nephew Scruff will be on hand to meet res­i­dents.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Town Watch (NATW) launched Na­tional Night Out 33 years ago. Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, NATW. org, “Na­tional Night Out en­hances the re­la­tion­ship be­tween neigh­bors and law en­force­ment while bring­ing back a true sense of com­mu­nity. It fur­ther­more pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to bring po­lice and neigh­bors to­gether.”

Neigh­bor­hoods across Charles County will host block par­ties with food, games, mu­sic and other ac­tiv­i­ties. Many res­i­dents will light their porch lights to demon­strate their sup­port for NNO.

The CCSO is also hold­ing its an­nual col­or­ing con­test for chil­dren ages 4-12 in par­tic­i­pat­ing neigh­bor­hoods. Neigh­bor­hood rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be pro­vided with the col­or­ing pages af­ter their neigh­bor­hoods are reg­is­tered for Na­tional Night Out. The col­or­ing pages can then be dis­trib­uted to the chil­dren in their par­tic­u­lar com­mu­ni­ties. The art­work is due by Aug. 29 and can be turned in to any CCSO district sta­tion or to the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices of­fice lo­cated on Audie Lane in La Plata. The pages will be judged, and two win­ners will be se­lected from sev­eral age groups.

The win­ners will be no­ti­fied by mail, and awards will be pre­sented in Oc­to­ber.

Last year, 158 neigh­bor­hoods in Charles County par­tic­i­pated in Na­tional Night Out.

To find out if a neigh­bor­hood is par­tic­i­pat­ing, to reg­is­ter a neigh­bor­hood to par­tic­i­pate, or to make a do­na­tion to NNO, con­tact Com­mu­nity Or­ga­nizer Connie Gray at 301-932-3080.

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