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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier to Kick Off National Night Out August 2nd

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will kick off the District’s observance of National Night Out 2011 with an event at Deanwood Recreation Center and will encourage residents throughout the District to join with their neighbors and officers in their Police Service Areas in participating in block parties and other events.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
              6:00 p.m.


WHERE: Deanwood Recreation Center
               49th and Quarles Streets NE
                Washington, DC 20019



The National Night Out takes place every year on the first Tuesday in August and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. From community cookouts to open houses to block parties, candlelight vigils and athletic events, neighbors and police officers across the country come together to have a night of safe summer fun. This year’s event will be the 28th annual celebration of the National Night Out and involves citizens, law-enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from 9,500 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

The National Night Out is designed to:

Heighten awareness of crime- and drug-prevention initiatives;
Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and
Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

For information on what the Metropolitan Police Department is planning around the city for this year’s National Night Out, visit: