2013 National Night Out

Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Location: Fountain Avenue Neighborhood, Paducah

The public is invited to the Fountain Ave neighborhood on Tuesday, August 6, to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 30th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Midtown Alliance of Neighbors, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), and the Paducah Police Department. More than 15,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world are expected to participate. In all, more than 37.5 million people will be a part of "America’s night out against crime."

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Residents of this year’s host neighborhood, the Fountain Ave area, will be joined by neighbors throughout Paducah and McCracken County from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the NNO event at Lang Park. Everyone is asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and public servants. There will be police and fire demonstrations, safety information, games, youth activities, and snacks. There will be free watermelon, and the police department hopes to have Paducah Bank’s WOW Wagon on hand with free ice cream.

"This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity," said National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin. "National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party."

The local coordinator for National Night Out is Paducah Police Department Capt. Mark Roberts.  "We excited to see the NNO continue to grow here in Paducah," Roberts said. "Everyone is welcome to come out and mingle with friends, neighbors, police officers, police volunteers, and firefighters. We can learn from each other while having fun! The search has already begun for a neighborhood to host next year’s NNO. We want to keep the anti-crime momentum going and continue to spread the partnership into more areas of Paducah and McCracken County."