SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Twenty communities within the City of Salisbury will observe National Night Out tonight with free music, food, children's games and other outdoor activities, featuring officers of the Salisbury Police Department (SPD).
Founded in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and builds neighborhood camaraderie. The nighttime event, typically held the first Tuesday in August, also increases awareness of local law enforcement programs such as neighborhood watch and anti-crime initiatives.
This year, the Salisbury City Council meeting will be held on the same date, however Council members will visit with communities following the meeting's adjournment.
Salisbury neighborhoods, in conjunction with Parks and Recreation and SPD, are expected to welcome residents at various apartment complexes, Chestnut Hill, churches, the Fred Evans pool, Rowan Terrace and the Salvation Army.
"National Night Out is another opportunity for the police department and other city departments to engage the citizens of Salisbury in conversations and build relationships through dialogue and getting to know one another," said Police Chief Jerry Stokes. "Over the past year we have worked hard toward building the community through crime prevention and reducing the fear of crime. This can only be achieved when the police department has a solid link to those we serve. These are opportunities that can facilitate those efforts and we look forward to many more chances like this over time".
National Night Out participants attending evening activities are encouraged to post photographs on social media platforms using the hashtag #SalisburyNightOut.
The City of Kannapolis invites everyone, especially neighborhood associations, community groups and homeowner associations to join the Kannapolis Police Department, from 6 – 8 p.m., tonight to celebrate National Night Out.
The event will be held at Veterans Park, located at 119 N. Main St. and is free to the community. WBTV Anchor David Whisenant will emcee the event which promises to be a fun evening for all.
The celebration will include food, children's games, and much more. Police and fire department staff and other community partners look forward to having the opportunity to meet and interact with everyone.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. The goal of National Night Out is to have a police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safe and caring places to live.
For more information or to participate in the event, contact Sherry Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-920-4332.