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Editorial: National Night Out is Tuesday

Road One South entertains hundreds of people on the Yavapai County Courthouse Square as part of the National Night Out Kickoff Event Friday night in Prescott.  (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Road One South entertains hundreds of people on the Yavapai County Courthouse Square as part of the National Night Out Kickoff Event Friday night in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

With the national incidents of violence and uneasiness between citizens and police, this week is a time to rebuild and strengthen those relationships.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, is National Night Out. Neighborhoods get block parties together and invite police officers to join. It’s truly a time of fellowship and community.

“National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live,” said Prescott Police Chief Debora Black.

As previously reported in the newspaper, studies show that when neighborhoods have a strong sense of community and participate in crime prevention programs, their residents are less likely to become victims of crimes. National Night Out is an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together with a common goal.

The night is also to:

• Increase awareness of crime and drug prevention

• Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs

• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

• Send the message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Prescott kicked off the event early with a celebration downtown Friday night. Residents and officers enjoyed music while reestablishing their community connections.

If you can, plan to attend a block party. Take your children — a healthy respect for the law starts early. Children often follow their parental example.

Call your town’s non-emergency police department line (found online or in the phone book) to find out where a local party is being held.

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