Metro area neighborhoods will observe the 24th Annual National Night Out — a crime and drug prevention and awareness event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a national nonprofit crime prevention organization. The event occurs each year on the second Tuesday in August. Thirty-four million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” this year. In D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier will kick off the event at the Ledroit Park Market in the Northwest. In Montgomery County, community events include parades, free food and other recreation. In Fairfax County, a kick-off event will be held at Camelot Elementary School in Annandale, from 3pm to 5pm, with refreshments and child fingerprinting among other activities. NATW encourages each participating neighborhood to focus on one defined problem area, and to take steps, together with local law enforcement, to make it a safer, more appealing part of the community. They propose the following types of neighborhood problems as potential projects:
You can learn more about National Night Out at the following websites:
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