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Portsmouth to Celebrate 11th Annual National Night Out Against Crime

On Tuesday, August 2nd, neighborhoods throughout Portsmouth will be joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the '22nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime' (NNO). National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Portsmouth Police Department, will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 34 million people are expected to participate in 'America's Night Out Against Crime'. NNO is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Senator Judd Gregg.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Locally we've expanded that partnership to also include the Portsmouth Fire Department and the Public Works Department. Both the Fire and Public Works Departments are active participants and strong supporters of National Night Out. This August marks the 11th year that Portsmouth has participated in this national event.

From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on August 2nd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Portsmouth will lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, police, fire, and public works personnel. Many neighborhoods throughout Portsmouth will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities, games and visits from Police, Fire and Public Works personnel.

NNO is generously supported by Pro Portsmouth Inc., Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth Children's Museum, Walmart, Water Country, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth Crime Stoppers and Sexual Assault Support Services.

This year it is anticipated that ten neighborhoods will be participating in Portsmouth's 11th National Night Out. The groups are: Atlantic Heights Neighborhood Association, Osprey Landing, Christian Shore/Islington Creek Neighborhood, Friends of the South End, Lafayette Road Residents Association (Hillcrest), Maple Haven Group, Gosling Meadows, Rogers Street Association, Sherburne Civic Association, and the Wibird Area Homeowners.

National Night Out is the nation's largest, annual crime prevention event. It is an excellent way to strengthen police-community partnerships. We invite you to join the fun and get involved with your neighborhood association for NNO and hopefully throughout the year. For additional information, or if you are interested in participating as part of a neighborhood association, contact: Captain Janet Champlin, Portsmouth Police Department, 610-7625.

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 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500