Night Out strengthens local spirit

Published 11:46 pm Monday, August 18, 2008

From 5 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 5 residents in neighborhoods throughout Adams County and across the United States were asked to lock their doors, turn on lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement officers for the annual National Night Out.

This year, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office along with county elected officials traveled to Providence, LaGrange, Sibley, Cranfield and South Union Street communities where residents met, mingled and enjoyed various foods that were prepared for the event.

National Night Out is designed for several reasons. First, it heightens crime and drug prevention awareness.

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Second, it generates support and participation in local anti-crime efforts. And third, it strengthens neighborhood spirit and police/community relations.

But most of all, National Night Out sends a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This event affords us the opportunity to talk with individuals in a relaxed setting and find out what their specific problems and concerns may be.

The 2008 National Night Out was a success.

Thank you to all the Neighborhood Watch captains, residents, officers and elected officials who participated in this event.

We look forward to 2009 and encourage other neighborhoods to consider joining us next year.

It will give you an opportunity to meet with new and old neighbors, share information, assist law enforcement in fighting crime and enjoy the good cooking of your neighbors.

Chuck Latham is a captain for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.