During the National Night Out Aug. 5, the Akron PeaceMakers will have a spot at 17 sites throughout the city, providing information and guidance to youth. Attendees will also be asked to fill out a postcard with positive thoughts about their neighborhood. After the event, these cars will be sent to residents in other neighborhoods promoting positive lifestyles in the Akron area.
This year’s local theme is: “Looking Out for Each Other.”
The National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities and all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, more than 37 million people are expected to participate in America’s Night Out Against Crime.
National Night Out in Akron started in 1984 with one East Akron site. In 2005, a second site was added in West Akron. Since then, Mayor Don Plusquellic has added several sites per year. Today, with a total of 17 sites, Akron has the most coordinated NNO events than any other city in Ohio.
“This is a time for our citizens to come together to promote awareness, safety and unity, so that our neighborhoods can be safer, especially for our kids,” said Plusquellic. “If we could channel the spirit and energy generated from this night and carry it forward, we could make our neighborhoods a safer place year- round.”
National Night Out is designed to:
* Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
* Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
* Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
* Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Events start as early as 4:30 p.m. and run as late as 9 p.m.. Most sites will feature music, games and free food, and all sites will provide information on safety, health and other issues of concern. Click here for a listing of Night Out sites.
City of Akron anti-crime signs will be available at all locations as well as Block Watch sign-up and information.
For all questions regarding this event, please contact Billy Soule at (330) 375-2660 or [email protected].