Grand Rapids participating in National Night Out next Tuesday

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Grand Rapids will join millions of residents and law enforcement officials across the country on August 3rd to support this year’s National Night Out.

During the National Night Out, residents will be asked to lock their doors, turn on outdoor lights and spend the evening outdoors on verandas, lawns, streets or in parks with their neighbors, a press release said Wednesday.

Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Police Department and several neighborhood associations and block clubs in the city, the goal of National Night Out is to:

  • Raise awareness of crime and drug prevention
  • Generate support and participation in local crime-fighting efforts
  • Promotion of cooperation between the community and the police
  • Show the neighborhood unity in fighting crime and decay

Special events are held in many parts of the city.

Grand Rapids Police

GRPD and city officials will attend the events throughout the evening.

Julie Niemchick, GRPD’s crime prevention coordinator, says criminals and drug dealers disappear from the streets when local residents and police work to improve the neighborhood.

“National Night Out is a night where residents can reclaim their streets in a fun and positive way,” said Niemchick. “Some neighborhoods have chosen to make this night extra important as they coordinate a variety of family-friendly activities to get everyone involved.”

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