Join in Mukilteo’s night out against crime

By Kevin Chaney | Jul 25, 2012
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Police Department The Mukilteo Police Department invites the community to join them in "America's Night Out Against Crime" from 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the Mukilteo Family YMCA and neighborhood block parties throughout the city.

Mukilteo police invite neighborhoods to join them in giving crime and drugs a going away party.

The Mukilteo Police Department is locally sponsoring the 29th annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Mukilteo Family YMCA and within Mukilteo neighborhoods.

The National Association of Town Watch sponsors the event nationally. The police department has co-sponsored a Mukilteo event since 2008.

NNO seeks to raise crime and drug prevention awareness, promote participation and support in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send criminals a message that lets them know that neighborhoods are prepared and ready to fight back.

Many neighbors throughout Mukilteo will be hosting block parties, parades, cookouts, flashlight walks, youth events, and anti-crime rallies.

Residents across the city are invited to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police, joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide.

In all, more than 35 million are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”

National Night Out will be held in the parking lot of the Mukilteo YMCA from 4-8 p.m. on Aug. 7. Police and fire department personnel will display their emergency vehicles and equipment in a “show and tell,” as well as provide residents with prevention and fire safety information.

Numerous businesses and community groups will also be there to show their support for the event.

“I’m looking forward to the planning coming together to provide a positive and enjoyable experience for the community and to help heighten police-community relationships,” said Officer Kristal Kania, who is coordinating the event.

“I have been very impressed with the community outreach and willingness of community members and businesses to volunteer their time and efforts in support of this great cause.”

Last year, about 2,500 alone attended the YMCA event – not to mention the residents who enjoyed their own block parties.

Police Chief Rex Caldwell said he was pleased with last year’s turnout. He said he saw lots of energy and enthusiasm for crime and drug prevention at the block parties he visited.

“We saw several well-organized groups holding events, including entertainment, games for the kids, neighbors hanging out together and even a live band performing in a tent on the street,” he said.

If you are interested in participating, volunteering or wish to register your block party, feel free to contact the Mukilteo Police Department Crime Prevention Officer at 425-263-8100 or e-mail crimeprevention@ci.mukilteo.wa.us.

Kevin Chaney is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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