POLK COUNTY -- Local residents will be able to make a statement against crime and have fun doing so in several neighborhoods throughout Polk County as part of National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, traditionally invites citizens, law enforcement and civic officials to organize block parties and celebrations in their communities.
The goals are promoting neighborhood spirit, heightening awareness for crime and drug prevention, and strengthening participation in anticrime activities and police-community partnerships, said Monmouth Police Chief Darrell Tallan.
The 2010 National Night Out campaign involved more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities in all 50 states, as well as Canadian cities and U.S. military bases.
Local National Night Out events include:
* Dallas Police Department is coordinating four parties in Dallas: A barbecue and potluck on Southeast Arizona Street; a block party in the 300 block of Southwest Hankle Street; an ice cream social in the 600 block of Southwest Hayter Street; and a dessert potluck in the 1000 block of Southeast Academy Street
Dallas police officers, city officials and members of the Polk Citizens Emergency Response Team will visit each location. Start time for the celebrations is 5:30 p.m.
For more information: Diane Lanxon, 503-831-3582.
* Monmouth Police Department, Polk County Fire District No. 1 and the Polk Citizens Emergency Response Team will host an event in Monmouth's Cherry Park neighborhood off Cherry Lane. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. Informational displays will be present.
For more information: Sgt. Kim Dorn, 503-838-1109.
* The Salt Creek Neighborhood Association, comprised of several rural communities northwest of Dallas, will host its third annual gathering at 6:30 p.m. at 14730 Salt Creek Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring snack food. A meet-and-greet with neighbors and Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies is scheduled.
For more information: Bruce Sigloh, 503-623-9789.
* Buell Grange, 5970 Mill Creek Road, northwest of Dallas off Highway 22, will host a National Night Out gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Several agencies will be on hand and attendees will have an opportunity to meet with the people who are in charge of their safety and well being in emergency situations. Watermelon, ice cream and other snacks will be served.
For more information: Dorothy Lucas, 503-623-8462.