DALLAS -- The city of Dallas is asking people to go out for a night to fight crime.
Dallas will be participating in the National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The Dallas Police Department is looking for neighborhood associations to join National Night Out by hosting block parties, cookouts or flashlight vigils.
National Night Out activities are designed to raise crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.
A police department representative, city officials, or even "McGuff the Crime Dog" plan to visit active Neighborhood Watch groups and neighborhoods that will be hosting a registered National Night Out event.
In 2010, National Night Out had more than 37 million participants ranging from citizens and law enforcement officers to business and church groups in 15,000 communities in the United States, its territories, Canada and military bases worldwide.
This is the 28th year for the National Night Out event, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
To register your neighborhood for National Night Out activities, call the Dallas Police Department at 503-831-3516 and ask for a participation form.
To form a Neighborhood Watch group, contact the Dallas Police Department's community Liaison at 503-831-3582 and ask for a free Neighborhood Watch starter packet.