Night Out focuses on crime prevention

Neighborhoods across the Capital Region will join more than 15,000 communities to celebrate the 30th

Neighborhoods across the Capital Region will join more than 15,000 communities to celebrate the 30th annual National Night Out tonight.

National Night Out was begun in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch. The event, referred to as “America’s Night Out Against Crime” by the association, began as a way to bolster police-community relationships and promote crime prevention activities available to community members while bringing neighbors together to organize against criminal activity.

On the first Tuesday of August, neighborhood watch groups, police departments and government agencies across the country hold family-friendly events that also provide access to crime prevention resources. Many provide fingerprinting or ID cards for children, live music, food and a casual setting for residents to meet their law enforcement officers and government officials.

Some area National Night Out celebrations include:

Albany: The South End Neighborhood Association is hosting its National Night Out event at Lincoln Park from 5 to 8 p.m. with zumba, Music Mobile, face painting, food and drinks, as well as information from various health providers and education counseling programs.

Amsterdam: Free children’s activities, police K-9 unit demonstrations, food and drinks, free access to the city pool, a screening of “An American Tail” hosted by Radio Disney at dusk, and other events at Veterans Park from 4 to 8 p.m.

Clifton Park: A basketball shoot-out for kids age 6-12 with warm-up drills led by Siena men’s basketball coach Mitch Buonaguro and his staff will be held on the Clifton Park Commons basketball courts with registration beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be displays by police, fire, EMS equipment, preparedness and safety information and other children’s activities until 8 p.m.

Guilderland: Tawasentha Park will be full of music and fun as the Refrigerators perform at the Guilderland Police Department’s National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be crime prevention and traffic safety workshops provided by the department, as well as pony rides, a petting zoo and other children’s activities.

All of the local National Night Out events are free of charge and open to the public.

Categories: Schenectady County

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