‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ August 6 in WP

The West Plains Police Department will be participating in National Night Out and urge our Neighborhoods to take part in this event.

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, neighborhoods throughout the City of West Plains are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “36th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the West Plains Police Department, will involve over 16,790 communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  In all, over 38.6 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on August 6th, residents in neighborhoods throughout West Plains and across the nation, are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.  Many neighborhoods throughout West Plains will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, Ice Cream Socials, visits from the police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.  National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.  On National Night Out, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime and Drugs A Going Away Party”.

The West Plains Police Department is excited to take part in the first “National Night Out” in the City of West Plains.  Chief Stephen Monticelli stated, “The West Plains Police Department wants to continue to build stronger partnerships with our Community to improve the quality of life for our citizens because we cannot do it alone.”

The Police Department is  looking forward to attending as many of the events that neighborhoods hold and would like to have event organizers contact Officer J. W. Murrell of the location of the event so Officers can make every attempt to visit the locations.  We encourage our residents, local businesses, community groups, block clubs, etc. to get involved and take part in this first Annual Event.

Officer Murrell can be reached at 417-256-2244

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