National Night Out with the Atlanta Police Department is Tonight!

The Atlanta BeltLine is teaming up with the Atlanta Police Department for National Night Out tonight! While block parties will take place across the City of Atlanta, police and Atlanta BeltLine Ambassadors will be handing out information about the projects in the neighborhoods directly on the corridor. Neighborhoods and NPUs can register their groups for events to take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Below is the press release from the Atlanta Police Department:

National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has announced that the 29th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime prevention program will culminate on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, with citywide block parties.  This year’s City of Atlanta theme, The More We Get Together, The Safer We’ll Be, promotes keeping our communities safe, block by block.  The Atlanta Police Department, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and other city agencies are working together to get neighborhoods registered for this event.  There is no cost to register.

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

While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings. In addition, there will be visits from local officials, law enforcement. Awards will be given for the Neighborhood Planning Units and Council District with the most registered gatherings.

Do not delay! For free registration material call 1-800-NITE OUT or visit the National Night Out website at  Be sure your community is part of the nation’s largest, annual crime and drug prevention event.

A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community-oriented policing philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the fight against crime in Atlanta.

With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.

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