Safety Coalition: National Night Out 2011 is just around the corner

June 20, 2011 • Vistas

Once again, it is approaching the time for National Night Out 2011! This will be Roswell’s fourth straight participation in an event that involved 15,110 communities in 2010. There were National Night Out events in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. Some 37 million people participated! Roswell was included in those numbers and here we go again.
National Night Out is designed to:
•Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
•Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs
•Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
•Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
We have in this community some 95 neighborhoods as a part [auth] of the Neighborhood Watch program. Some of these neighborhoods are, admittedly, not too active and need to be revitalized. However, there are many groups which are organized, active and important to the security of their neighborhood. Immediately I think of block captains such as the Heckmans, Kaarina Jager, Linda Kral, Sandra Madero, Julie Morrow, Shirley Simon, and others who do such a wonderful job.
National Night Out 2011 is to be held on August 2. We are planning it to be done similarly to last year. That is, different Neighborhood Watch blocks having an event of their own near their neighborhood. Perhaps an established area would want to join up with the next block or two and have a larger event. For example, Enchanted Hills neighborhoods could have hamburgers and hot dogs at the Enchanted Lands Park. What a nice Neighborhood showing that would be! These National Night Out 2011 block parties can be as structured as you prefer or as informal as you, the neighbors, want them to be. They can be two hours long or six. Maybe it would be better to celebrate your NNO on one of the weekends prior to or just after August 2. It is not that critical.
Neighborhood Watch is a nationally recognized program in which Roswell is deeply committed. The Roswell Police Department and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office are highly efficient organizations and obviously critical to the community. However, law enforcement agencies must also rely on the citizens and the neighborhoods for some additional help in curbing crime in Roswell and Chaves County.
We will be communicating with all of the Roswell block captains in the next week or so to encourage them to participate in National Night Out 2011. We look forward to the involvement of the neighborhood where you live! Meanwhile, if we can help in some manner, don’t hesitate to contact Steve or Richard at the Historical Conoco Building at Fifth and Main, 426 North Main or at 575-622-4014 or 575-622-7233.
Thinking about setting up a Neighborhood Watch? Call Steve or Richard at 622-SAFE (7233) for information. And don’t forget, the number for Chaves County Crime Stoppers is 1-888-594-TIPS (8477).

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