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Auburn to take part in night out against crime

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Auburn to take part in night out against crime

The Auburn Police Department welcomes all Auburn residents to celebrate National Night Out at Festival Plaza on Main Street on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event that promotes and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

“This event is a celebration of our community’s commitment to work with us in taking a stand against crime,” said Phil Crowell Jr., Auburn’s police chief.

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 34 million people participated in National Night Out 2007.

National Night Out is designed to:

· Heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness;

· Generate support for (and participation in) local anti-crime programs;

· Educate children and families on personal safety;

· Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back; and

· Provide an evening of adventure, fun and excitement.

The Auburn Police Department knows how to throw a community block party and this year’s NNO promises to be the biggest. The event will kick off with the reading of a proclamation by Lewiston Mayor John Jenkins, as well as brief remarks by Crowell. There will be food, beverages and plenty of family-style fun.

APD volunteers and staff will serve hotdogs, lemonade and popcorn. There will be APD K-9 and dive team demonstrations; face painting; a rock-climbing wall; live music by the Tony Boffa Band; child fingerprinting and ID kits, McGruff the Crime Dog; Auburn fire and rescue trucks on display and more. The evening will culminate with a “Take Back Our Park Flashlight Walk” down Main Street to Moulton Field.

This is the fifth year that the Auburn Police Department has participated in NNO, and more residents of Auburn embrace this event each year. This is an anti-crime, completely free public safety event, designed to serve the children and families of our community.

Special thanks to sponsors Oxford Networks, Northeast Bank, Office Max, Target, Auburn Police Association and VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service).

For more information on Auburn’s National Night Out 2008, please contact the Auburn Police Department at 333-6650.

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