August 06, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Tonight's National Night Out promotes safe, healthy neighborhoods

Event Details

6 p.m. – Sundown
Meador Park, 2500 S. Fremont Ave.

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams is hoping to send a message this evening to criminals: neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year marks the second anniversary of a citywide National Night Out event to coincide with the national public safety event.

This free event is a result of collaboration between Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the City of Springfield and will bring together law enforcement, as well as agencies and organizations that promote health and safety.

The event doesn't replace the annual neighborhood-based events, billed as Neighborhood Night Out. Individual neighborhoods and homeowners associations are encouraged to hold their own events following National Night Out to allow residents to get to know their neighbors.

National Night Out celebrates the culmination of crime prevention activity in all Springfield neighborhoods: people working together in associations and other groups to prevent and address crime and other neighborhood problems. It also promotes healthy neighborhoods and encourages people to get out and get to know one another.

"It is an occasion to celebrate past successes, discuss current challenges or issues, and re-dedicate to collaborative efforts with neighbors, police, businesses and others to improve the quality of life in our city," said Chief Williams.

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

The Springfield Police Department uses a variety of crime prevention strategies to increase ways that citizens can protect themselves, and their property.

Additional Resources for Neighbors:

For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.gov

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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