State and local police officers are urging residents of Carroll County to join their neighbors in the 11th annual "National Night Out" from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. today.
When residents turn on their outside lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outdoors with friends and neighbors, they will join more than 26 million people in 8,600 communities across the United States and Canada in demonstrating solidarity against crime, drugs and violence, according to city and state police spokesmen.
The first "National Night Out" was held in 1984 and led to more than 100 communities in Carroll enrolling in the Neighborhood Watch Program, police said.
The program is designed to heighten crime prevention and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
"Neighborhood unity and strong police-community partnership are the most powerful weapons available to us in our fight for a safer America. Give neighborhood crime and drugs a going-away party," national project coordinator Matt Peskin said.