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Lou Hartsuff greets Prescott Valley Police officers who stopped by the National Night Out gathering at the Dyke’s house on Manley Drive in 2013. This year’s National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 2.
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Lou Hartsuff greets Prescott Valley Police officers who stopped by the National Night Out gathering at the Dyke’s house on Manley Drive in 2013. This year’s National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 2.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

When: Tuesday, Aug. 2

Hosting a block party? Call 928-772-5161 or email tgordon@pvaz.net to let the town know so police, town officials will stop by.

There’s no telling what can happen when citizens and local businesses join forces with the local police. Take Yavapai Family Advocacy Center’s garden for example. Prescott Valley Police Department worked with local businesses to refurbish the garden, making it a safe haven for children and adults who have been victims of family violence. If a result like this can happen, then anything can result from National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2

National Night Out is a night where the Town of Prescott Valley invited residents to host gatherings which will be visited by Prescott Valley Police Officers, department personnel and Town staff, according to a news release from

Town Communications Relations Coordinator Heidi Dahms Foster. It started in the 1980s as a spinoff of the Block Watch program and is celebrated in more than 16,000 communities with more than 38 million neighbors involved in block parties or other gatherings, said Crime Prevention Officer Traces Gordon.

“It’s pretty popular,” Gordon said, stating that alongside celebrations in the United States, National Night Out sees participation from such places like where U.S. Armed Forces are stationed in Europe and Guam as well as Puerto Rico.

The purpose of National Night Out is to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for and participate in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send criminals a message that neighborhoods are organized in fighting back, Foster wrote.

National Night Out is an “effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program that promotes neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships in our efforts to make the nation safe,” Foster wrote. “The benefits our community derives from NNO most certainly extend well beyond one night.”

In promoting partnerships between the police and the community, National Night Out helps to bridge the gaps between residents and law enforcement, making it so that everyone’s needs are served due to the open lines of communication, Gordon said.

The event also encourages citizens be their own crime preventers, Gordon said, bringing up the simple act of turning on a porch light as a way to prevent crime.

“It’s a way of communicating that we won’t tolerate crime and we’re watching them,” Gordon said.

If anyone wants to host a block party or neighborhood gathering and have the affair visited by Prescott Valley Police officers, department personnel or town staff, register with Gordon by calling 928-772-5161 or emailing tgordon@pvaz.net. Those interested can also pick up a form at the police department.

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