FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
You're Invited to Family-Friendly National Night Out
Join the Springfield Police Department on Tuesday, August 6th at 5:00 p.m. for National Night Out at Meador Park, 2500 S. Fremont. The family-friendly event is a free, city-wide event that brings together law enforcement, health and safety organizations, and neighborhood groups for a night of safety education and fun activities for the whole family.
Enjoy music, free food, tennis and other family fun games along with tours of police, fire and safety vehicles. This year will also feature professional eater Randy Santel who will compete against an SPD officer and one volunteer in a hotdog eating contest.
At the end of the event, there will be a softball game from 7 to 8 p.m. between Springfield Firefighters and Springfield Police Officers.
This free event is a result of a collaboration between Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the City of Springfield.
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 collaborative efforts with neighbors, police, businesses and others to improve the quality of life in our city,” said Chief Williams.
Past National Night Out campaigns involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
The Springfield Police Department uses a variety of crime prevention and community engagement strategies to increase ways that citizens can protect themselves and their property.
Community policing is a collaborative effort between the police department and the community they serve that identifies problems of crime and disorder, and involves all elements of the community, in the search for solutions to these problems. It is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between police and community members.
Police Area Representative (PAR) officers use problem-oriented policing to produce long-term solutions to the problems of crime or decay in communities. Police, residents, and other agencies or organizations work together to identify and find the causes for neighborhood crime problems, then develop responses to those problems. In most cases, the responses developed through problem-oriented policing are joint police-community actions, which also involve participation by a variety of other departments within the City of Springfield. By doing this, the PAR officers are able to resolve long-standing neighborhood issues, thereby avoiding an escalation of those specific incidents. Citizens can locate their PAR Officers at the City’s website.
Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Apartment Watch and Business Watch are voluntary programs organized by concerned citizens to reduce crime. Working with local law enforcement agencies, citizens can learn when and how to report suspicious activities, assist in property identification, conduct security surveys and implement security measures and precautions.
Crime Prevention Officers coordinate and help organize watch groups and perform commercial and residential security surveys using established Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.
Crime prevention officers are available to present on varied topics, including robbery prevention, drugs, residential security, commercial vandalisms and burglaries and personal safety and can be reached at can be contacted at 417-874-2113. Crime prevention tips are available at springfieldmo.gov/spd.
For more information, contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-380-3352.