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EVERETT – The City of Everett invites community members to participate in National Night Out Against Crime (NNO) on Tuesday, Aug. 1. This annual event brings neighbors together to foster stronger, more vibrant communities and build better connections among residents.
“We are proud to participate in this event every year,” said Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman. “Neighbor-to-neighbor networks are a great way to improve safety in a community, and this event also gives our officers and other staff a chance to interact directly with those we serve.”
In 1984, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out. Since then, the event has grown to over 37 million people in 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide.
More than 20 NNO celebrations are currently planned in Everett. Once again this year, members of the Everett Police and Fire departments, as well as Emergency Management personnel and other City teams, will travel throughout the city to participate with neighborhoods and small block watch groups at their events.
There is still time to register events for 2017. Wendy McClure, neighborhoods and community engagement coordinator, encourages residents to start by just inviting a group of neighbors to get together and learn more about each other.
“If this is your first NNO, start small,” said McClure. “Something as simple as a BBQ can be very effective in building new connections, and neighbors who know each other are more likely to look out for each other and to support each other when crime or natural disasters strike.”
Visit the City’s website to find a nearby event or to register an event: www.everettwa.gov/nno. Residents or community groups who need a little support to launch their NNO event are encouraged to apply for the City’s Community Sparks matching-fund program. Learn more at www.everettwa.gov/sparks.