National Night Out

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM EDT

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National Night Out

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( release) National Night Out is a series of nationwide celebrations held on the first Tuesday in August each year. The purpose of National Night Out is to give neighbors an opportunity to get together in a setting close to home. Of the many crime prevention strategies out there, familiarity and communication among neighbors ranks among the most effective.

National Night Out is also an opportunity for deputies to interact with residents in a positive, relaxed and informal way. Deputies and residents often use NNO as an opportunity to communicate about neighborhood concerns and crime prevention tips.
Because National Night Out events are a step toward creating safer neighborhoods, the Sheriff's Office encourages and supports these events throughout Erie County.

The History of NNO
In 1984, the National Association of Town Watch made the first Tuesday in August National Night Out. Also known as "America's Night Out Against Crime," National Night Out has seen participation grow steadily over the years. Last year, over 30 million people participated in National Night Out events all over the world.

Events
There are many different types of NNO events -- it all depends on the neighborhood. Some residents host block parties. Sometimes events are built around a barbecue, ice cream social or potluck dinner. Many other are sponsored by Police and local governments: Village Green Park / Bowen Road Elma (Mounted 5-6:30pm), Cheektowaga Town Park (Mounted 7-9pm, Air-One 8-9 pm),Hamburg 6100 South Park (SWAT and K-9 6-7pm), Kaiser town Coalition (K-9 7:30pm-9:00pm), Depew Police Fireman’s Park (Terrace Blvd), ( Display and Car 5:30-9:00pm. )

Sheriff's Office Involvement
Representatives from the Sheriff's Office attend neighborhood events throughout the county to answer questions about law enforcement and share effective strategies for fighting crime in our neighborhoods.

Deputy involvement depends on availability. You may request a particular special unit or deputy, but due to the growing number of NNO events each year we cannot guarantee that specific deputies will be available.

Getting Started
Visit http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno. The National Night Out Web site has ideas about activities you can organize, photos from NNO activities around the nation, and other great tips on making your community strong and safe.

Talk to your neighbors and tell them about National Night Out. Figure out how many might attend and who can help ... and then start planning!

Contact Us
If you decide to plan a NNO event in 2012, contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 716-858-6305. Let us know that you're interested in being a part of National Night Out. We would like to assist you any way we can, and plan our NNO calendar.