The Board of El Paso County Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 1, recognized “National Night Out.”
Its a unique, nationwide crime, drug and violence prevention program that takes place every year, and this year its being celebrated on August 1. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has joined forces with the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) for the event.
“The 34th annual National Night Out provides a unique opportunity for El Paso County to join forces with thousands of other communities across the country in promoting cooperative, police-community crime prevention efforts,” said Board President Darryl Glenn as he read the Proclamation.
Each year on the first Tuesday in August, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office participates in the National Night Out Program. The event invites citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, and local officials in all 50 states for an evening of cookouts and block parties in support of local anticrime programs. More than 16,000 communities are expected to participate this year throughout the United States.
Neighborhood Watch groups play a vital role in assisting the Sheriff’s Office through joint crime, drug and violence prevention efforts in El Paso County and is supporting National Night Out locally.
District 3 Commissioner Stan VanderWerf emphasized the importance of such groups. “It is impossible for our law enforcement agencies to be everywhere all the time,” VanderWerf said.
For information about celebrations around El Paso County, the Sheriff's Office recommends contacting local Neighborhood Watch Captains. Events in the County include celebrations at:
• Deercross Court from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Dane Balcon Park (Falcon) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• 6515 Pahokee Drive from 6 to 8 p.m.
• 8149-8219 Barnswallow Drive from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Medford Drive/Chelmsford Street from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• 5240 Harrington Drive from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• 20325 Wissler Ranch Road from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• 14540 Latrobe Drive from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• 1985 Craig Drive from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.