Neighborhoods throughout Bellevue are being invited to join forces Tuesday with thousands of communities nationwide for the 25th annual "National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event.
In Bellevue, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a community party at the Bellevue Police Crossroads station, on the 1200 block of 156th Avenue Northeast. There will be games and prizes for the kids and demonstrations on ways to keep safe for adults.
Entertainment and food will be available for all. This is going to be a great opportunity to get out and meet your local police officers and neighbors as well as to learn about ways to organize your neighborhoods to fight crime. For more information, contact Officer Tory Mangione at the Bellevue Police Crossroads Station or by phone at 425-452-7933.
Local block watch groups also organize block parties in their own neighborhoods too.
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and co-sponsored locally by the Bellevue Police Department, the Crossroads Shopping Center, Target, Top Foods Grocery Store, Baskin Robbins Ice Cream and Westernco Donuts.
It will involve over 10,000 communities from all-50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, close to 34 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night out against Crime."
National Night Out is a civic event designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back; and (4) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
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