County police agencies to mark National Night Out

Nationwide effort aims to raise awareness, support for anti-crime initiatives

July 26, 2005|By Winyan Soo Hoo | Winyan Soo Hoo,Special to baltimoresun.com

Howard County police and community members today announced plans to mark the nationwide initiative next Tuesday known as National Night Out, meant to bring public awareness to crime and drug problems and to garner support for local crime prevention activities, according to authorities.

"Community participation is essential in fighting crime," Howard County Police Chief G. Wayne Livesay said. "National Night Out may last for only one evening, but the partnership between Howard County residents and our offices will be an ongoing effort."

The police department has helped residents organize neighborhood block parties throughout the county in preparation for National Night Out, officials said.

Police asked residents to turn on outside lights and spend at least one hour in front of their homes -- on their porches, balconies, front steps or lawns -- to send a message that communities are fighting crime together. The police department and community groups have planned more than 30 block parties between 6 p.m and 10 p.m. on Tuesday, including events in Long Reach, Harper's Choice, Oakland Mills and North Laurel.

Music and food will be provided at these parties, police said.

The Baltimore County Police Department will also mark the 22nd anniversary of National Night Out, with crime watch groups such as Citizens On Patrol (COP) meeting with their local precinct officers to show unity against crime, authorities said.

Baltimore County planned at least 27 events, including block parties, community picnics and cookouts, celebrating the event.

July 26, 2005, 3:13 PM EDT

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