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Ketchikan joins cities nationwide for America's Night Out Against Crime


July 20, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, neighborhoods throughout Ketchikan are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "26th Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Ketchikan Police Department and Tongass Substance Screening, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U. S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in 'America's Night out Against Crime'. NNO 2009 is being supported in part by TARGET, the national corporate sponsor.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 5 to 8 PM on August 4th, residents and shop owners throughout Ketchikan and across the nation are asked to turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. While turning on a porch light is largely symbolic in the summer here in Ketchikan, it demonstrates solidarity against crime. This is a good time for block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, and other activities.

The Ketchikan Police Department will be open to the public for tours. Officers will be available to fingerprint children and provide anti-drug information. The Ketchikan Fire Department will be on hand to talk about fire safety and show off their equipment. Light food will also be available at the police station. Officers plan to walk in the downtown area and the Plaza. If anyone would like to see officers walking in their neighborhood, contact Lt. Townsend at the Ketchikan Police Department.


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