Originally Published: July 31, 2018 2:56 p.m.
Its purpose is to educate neighbors about crime and drug prevention, and support and participate in local anti-crime programs.
National Night Out (NNO) takes place Tuesday, Aug. 7, throughout Prescott Valley neighborhoods and across the country. It provides an opportunity to celebrate unity against crime.
Block parties, parks or a neighbor’s backyard are typically where festivities take place. Beginning about 6 p.m., Prescott Valley Police officers, Town Council members and staff, and fire personnel from Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority will be out and about in the community, stopping at the many sites.
In addition to increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention, NNO strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. It also sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and will fight crime.
“NNO has proved to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program that promotes neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships in our efforts to make the nation safer,” PVPD Public Information Officer Jason Kaufman stated in a news release.
“As your chief of police, I can’t emphasize the importance of community and law enforcement engagement more strongly,” Police Chief Bryan Jarrell said.
Neighborhoods planning to host a party may request visits from PVPD officers who patrol their neighborhoods. These officers can provide the gathering with specific crime statistics for the area, and offer tips on crime prevention and safety.
Other town departments, such as Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Public Works, Roads and Utilities, will have personnel available to visit with neighbors.
For more information on how to start a Prescott Valley Block Watch, plan a party, or register a gathering for National Night Out 2018, call Community Service Officer Rachel Montague at 928-772-5149. Visit the town’s National Night Out web page at http://pvaz.net/354/National-Night-Out/ for more information.