National Night Out 2016

nno-2016Tuesday, October 4th from 4:30 pm-8:00 pm is National Night Out, which is billed as a national crime and drug prevention event, but it’s much more. It’s also a great chance to meet those who we may wave to every day without even knowing their names. Neighborhoods throughout Martin will be participating and I encourage you to find your local group and join in. The National Association of Town Watch, the main sponsor of the event, describes it as “an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.” Local law enforcement and the Weakley County Prevention Coalition, who are co-sponsoring the event, see it as a great display of community involvement and support. “This is an opportunity for Martin to stand together as a community and show its intolerance for drugs and crime in the community,” said Martin Police Chief Don Teal. “The National Night Out event highlights the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer town.” From 4:30 to 8pm, residents are asked to open their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. “Whether in an organized Neighborhood Watch Program or not, I would like for the whole town to participate by turning on their porch lights in support of this crime prevention effort”, said Martin Police Captain Phillip Fuqua. Neighborhoods participating this year are: Mellow Lane, Meadowbrook Drive, Fonville Street, Warren Drive, Martin Housing Authority and Fieldcrest Drive. We encourage everyone to find a nearby event and join the fun. Enjoy the evening and I look forward to seeing you there!