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Government officials, neighborhoods team up for National Night Out

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

The 30th Annual National Night Out event will take place Tuesday in Lincolnton.

Neighborhoods throughout the city will unite and participate in block parties as various city and county officials and first responders travel from one location to the next to eat food, fellowship with citizens and participate in various games and entertainment.

The yearly celebration is a nationwide effort established by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in the 1980s to both promote community safety and allow citizens to take a visible stand against crime.

According to Officer Kameron Keener with the Lincolnton Police Department, a least a dozen parties will take place in the area.

For each neighborhood that registers for the event with the NATW, located in Wynnewood, Penn., the organization sends a kit with National Night Out suggestions and guidelines.

Lincolnton is currently one of 15,000 communities joining in on the anti-crime celebration this year, according to natw.org.

Citizens will particularly get the chance to mingle with firefighters, emergency medical crews, Sheriff’s deputies, police, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Probation and Patrol officers and local government figureheads.

Law enforcement officers in particular view the event as an opportunity to show young children their friendly nature and dispel any incorrect myths or misinformation they may have heard from friends and family members about officer motives or career responsibilities.

Officers will teach safety-related tips and hand out toys, T-shirts and other gear.

Local National Night Out block parties will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the following locations:

  • E. Main Street (Republican Party Headquarters)
  • 129 W. Water Street (Democratic Party Headquarters)
  • 200 block of N. Oak Street
  • 225 W. Water Street (Lincolnton Farmers Market)
  • 520 Madison Street (Rhyne Heights UMC)
  • W. Bonview Avenue
  • Deaton Avenue
  • Chapman Street (Apt. 3)
  • 800 block of Pine Street
  • Oaklawn community
  • Crestview Drive community
  • 1100 block of Mockingbird Lane
  • Lithia Inn Road (Lithia Hills)
  • Leewood Acres neighborhood

 

For more information on National Night Out, contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or visit natw.org.

 

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