National Night Out, Building Neighborhood Unity and Strengthening Partnerships

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On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, neighborhoods throughout Long Beach are being invited to join forces with the Long Beach Police Department as thousands of communities nationwide celebrate the “28th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. “National Night Out” is a campaign to help build neighborhood unity and strengthen police-community partnerships, and designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts. The goal of National Night Out is to send a message to criminals that neighbors are unified and looking out for one another, and working with police to keep crime out of their neighborhoods.

From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 2, residents in neighborhoods throughout Long Beach are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Last year ten family-friendly block events were held citywide, and events ranged from ice-cream socials, and potlucks to cookouts and block parties. Members of the Long Beach Police Department will be stopping by neighborhood National Night Out events this year as well, as a show of support and thanks to the community members for their involvement.

Neighbors that get to know each other and communicate are much more likely to look out for one another, notice suspicious persons that don’t belong, and more apt to call and report suspicious activity and crime. This neighborhood involvement is the main concept of the Long Beach Police Department’s Community Watch program, which will be highlighted at all National Night Out events. For more information on the Community Watch program, please visit the L.B.P.D. website,

For more information or if you are interested in hosting a National Night event for your neighborhood, please call Long Beach Police Department Patrol Lieutenant Michael Beckman at (562) 570-5817.

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