The Fort McDowell Police Department hosted the 2014 National Night Out on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Recreation Center. This year the Police Department partnered with Wassaja Family Services, Domestic Violence Action Team, Wassaja Memorial Health Center, Ha’gih’hale’la Group, Fire Department and ADT for an evening of food, games, fun and police-community partnerships. The Police Department gave out a number of raffle items, safety information and car seats for those who needed them.
National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.
National Project Coordinator, Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our ﬁght for a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and “give crime a going away party”.