Story last updated at 7/8/2009 - 11:36 am
JUNEAU - America's Night Out Against Crime (NAN) will be celebrated in Juneau on Tuesday, August 4 from 7-10 p.m. The national event began in 1984 in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. In its first year, 2.5 million Americans in 23 states participated and participation has grown steadily year after year.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie," said Matt Peskin, National Association of Town Watch Executive Director and NAN founder. "While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year."
Block captains are needed to register and host a party in Juneau. To register, go to juneaupolice.com/documents/BlockCaptainRegistration.doc.
The folks at the Juneau Police Department, Capital City Fire and Rescue, Alaska State Troopers, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand to meet and greet the citizens of Juneau during this event.