City looks to expand Night Out participation

“Last year, we had events like parades, cook-outs, ice cream socials, DJs, movie nights and block parties.”


Yvette Jones
City police Community Services Supervisor

From Staff Reports

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Neighborhood groups have until today to register with the Rocky Mount Police Department to sponsor a National Night Out event.

National Night Out is the official name for the national night out against crime, which brings nearly 40 million people across the country together with their neighbors to fight crime and drugs in their communities. While many towns and cities hold one centralized event, Rocky Mount has smaller events throughout the city.

Fifteen neighborhoods have registered to hold National Night Out events Aug. 5, said Rocky Mount police Community Services Supervisor Yvette Jones, but the department is encouraging more to register by today’s deadline.

“Once registered, neighborhoods will determine their activity for National Night Out,” Jones said. “Last year, we had events like parades, cook-outs, ice cream socials, DJs, movie nights and block parties.”

Registration ensures that participants receive a banner for the event and visits from police staff who will give presentations and displays on topics such as drugs, gangs, child safety or home security, she said.

For years, the police department sponsored one big National Night Out event on Church Street. But to increase the focus on neighborhoods, the department decided to have neighborhoods register to hold their own National Night Out events, in which only members of that community may attend.

“National Night Out has a clear message,” Jones said. “And it’s that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.”

Registration forms can be obtained from the police department’s website at www.rockymountnc.gov/police or by contacting Jones at 972-1436 or yvette.jones@rockymountnc.gov.

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INSANITY

Why do these people keep declaring war, a war their not equipped to fight nor win, a war that the city and police are well equipped to win but don't know how and are unwilling to listen or learn from the pros. "40 million people across the country gather together with their neighbors to fight crime and drugs in their community" But crime and drugs in poor black communities all over the country has gotten worst as the drug dealers, shooters, victims, killers, robbers ect. are getting younger and including young black females. 40 million people could easily become $40 million dollars that would equip the people living in these communities the tools to rebuild their lives and their communities, this is how crime should be addressed and this is how the war on crime is WON!!!!! Johnny Cunningham 252-266-3858 THE BUILDING TRADE CENTER INC.

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