Ashland will be among more than 15,000 communities from all over the world particpating in the 30th annual National Night Out, a crime and drug abuse prevention event, on Aug. 6.
The program, sponsored by the Ashland Police Department, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Central Park.
National Night Out is designed to achieve the following goals:
‰Heighten crime and drug abuse prevention awareness.
‰Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts.
‰Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
‰Provide citizens with opportunities to meet local organizations in the community.
‰Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The APD is encouraging residents of all neighborhoods in the city to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors and police.
National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” was started in 1984 by Matt Peskin, executive director of National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities. It takes place every year on the first Tuesday in August.
National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.