Sunday, August 2, 2009

National Night Out Against Crime is in Sunset Park

It's usually been in Windsor Terrace at the Greenwood Playground, but this year the 72nd Precinct's National Night Out Against Crime will be in Sunset Park on August 4th from . Even though the article on YourNabe says it's 46th and 6th Avenue, I'm guessing they meant 44th and 6th Avenue. It's scheduled to occur from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Considering that the events are free of charge and that there are often giveaways and food available, I hope that it doesn't become a free-for-all of people who just take and don't participate. Judging from the photos from last year, the amount of people will be much larger in Sunset Park simply due to a higher level of park-goers. And UPROSE saw what happened when free food shows up.

from the article:

Every National Night Out Against Crime – there are 26 of them throughout the borough −− is free of charge, explained Matt Peskin, National Project Coordinator for the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), the sponsoring organization of National Night Out events throughout the country.

“There are no financial barriers to participating in National Night Out. That has always been our commitment, but in today’s difficult economy, it’s worth highlighting,” Peskin said. “We know communities and local law enforcement agencies are being asked to justify every expense.”

National Night Out Against Crime events are funded by their local precinct councils, as well as generous donations from local merchants and businesses.

Each National Night Out Against Crime event promises a healthy share of parades, food, treats, rides and games – just what a youngster needs for a night of crime−fighting.

This year the programs, which include cell phone and iPod etching, are going to be offered to area youngsters to stem the growing tide of teen−on−teen crime that’s surfaced in the borough.

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