National Night Out
By Anne Marie Bergthold
Tuesday, Aug. 4, is the day for block parties, Barbecues, and getting to know your neighbors.
Communities across America – and in Stanislaus County – celebrate National Night Out every Aug. 4, banding together against crime.
“National Night Out is a national program that is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, and also to support neighborhood watch programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit,” explains Crime Prevention Specialist Michelle Backeroff of the Turlock Police Department.
The yearly event builds partnerships in the community. Residents can put faces to the names of neighbors and those who work to keep communities safe.
“We encourage neighborhoods to get out of their homes and interact with each other,” Backeroff said. “A lot of the neighborhoods will be putting on ice cream socials, block parties, [and] BBQs.”
In Turlock, patrol officers, city employees, individuals from the Fire Department and McGruff the Crime Dog all visit the various events held throughout the community, starting important conversations.
“Personally, when I’m out there as an officer, it opens up communication, and we have an opportunity to maintain contact,” Backeroff said, “so we can give citizens information about crime prevention programs and other programs that the department runs.”
For more information on local national night out events, contact your local police department.