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Posted on: July 19, 2016

Rockville to Celebrate Community and Crime Prevention with a Night Out

Block Parties Offer Opportunity to Meet Neighbors, Connect with Police Officers

Rockville, Md., July 19 - Rockville neighbors are invited to celebrate their communities on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD) participates in National Night Out.

National Night Out, now in its 33rd year, is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It aims to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention, generate support for anti-crime programs, and strengthen community spirit and community policing partnerships.

Neighborhoods will host block parties featuring cookouts, bounce houses, carnival games and giveaways. McGruff the Crime Dog will stop by several block parties to spread his anti-crime and anti-drug message. The Mayor and Council, RCPD officers and members of the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office also will visit many of the gatherings.

The Mayor and Council issued a proclamation on Monday urging Rockville community members to take part in National Night Out and the fight against crime.

“The residents of Rockville communities play a vital role in assisting the Rockville City Police Department through joint crime, drug and violence prevention efforts in the City and are supporting National Night Out 2016 locally,” the proclamation said. Find the full proclamation with the July 18 meeting agenda at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

Residents are invited to turn on outdoor lights as part of the traditional display of front porch vigils, sending the message to criminals that neighborhoods are fighting back against crime.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/nno. To register your block party, contact Cpl. Ken Matney at 240-314-8922 or kmatney@rockvillemd.gov.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov

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