East Ridge To Celebrate Night Out Against Crime

Monday, August 25, 2014

East Ridge Police Chief J.R. Reed, with his staff and officers will celebrate a “Night Out Against Crime,” for the public on Monday at Pioneer Frontier Park on Tombras Ave.
Chief Reed said that from 6 - 8 p.m. those who attend will be treated to fun, good food and fellowship. There will be inflatable’s and games for the kids and a live DJ playing music.

"National Night Out started in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals by letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” Chief Reed said.

The East Ridge police department implements crime prevention programs that have been developed and promoted across the country to make citizens more aware.  Neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups and citizens work together to have safer communities.

National Association of Town Watch Executive Director, Matt Peskin is the one who introduced National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7 1984.  In the first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states.  National Night Out now has more than 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide participating.

Chief Reed said National Night Out will be an effort to establish a relationship with the community that will help expand and strengthen crime prevention for the next 364 days.

Wear cool clothes and bring chairs or blankets to sit on.  Admission is free.  For more information call 423-867-7711.


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