September 2, 2011 |

Granite Falls welcomes back National Night Out Against Crime

After a two-year hiatus, the citizens of Granite Falls were once again invited to attend National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 2.

With over 200 participants and 10 vendors, residents who came out that evening were pleasantly surprised to learn about keeping their families and community safe in a fun and relaxed environment.

Granite Falls Police Chief Dennis Taylor was instrumental in bringing this important event back to the community. He, along with Granite Falls police officers and the Granite Falls Fire Department, worked hard to ensure that a great time was had by all.

“This is an important event for the community," Fire Chief Jim Haverfield said as he was cooking up hot dogs on the oversized grill. “It’s a great opportunity to learn about creating a safe community.”

Food booths varied from local senior citizens dishing out homemade peach cobbler, Alfy’s Pizza taste testing their new Mac and Cheese and Cheeseburger Pizzas, to the fire department handing out hot dogs and soda.

Kids got to jump in the bouncy house and registered their bikes in case they get lost or stolen, while parents were able to have their children fingerprinted and their photos taken as part of the Child Identification kits that the police department was giving out.

“ The involvement of police and fire personnel within the community is paramount because this involvement affords opportunity for open communication and mutual recognition and respect between the Citizens and the emergency services personnel that serve them,” Paula Crouch of the Granite Falls Police said. “National Night Out is an opportunity for community members and emergency services to interact in a purely positive manner rather than under stress or duress. Which, with few valued exceptions, is how most people know and interact with police and fire.”

The 28th Annual National Night Out or NNO, is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and is normally held on the first Tuesday of August each year in towns and cities around the country.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2010.

The purpose of this event is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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