DJJ in the Community: National Night Out
National Night Out is a community-law enforcement awareness event held across the United States. Held the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is meant to increase education about law enforcement programs such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.
In Georgia, the Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to partner with host communities across the state for National Night Out. To learn more about National Night Out, visit http://www.natw.org/.
In Macon-Bibb County more than three hundred senior citizens came out to support National Night Out. Macon-Bibb Sheriff David Davis also stopped by to offer his support and to answer questions from the crowd.