Join the Hamilton Police Division to
Celebrate National Night Out Against Crime on
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 the Hamilton Police Division will commemorate the 32nd Annual Celebration of National Night Out with an event open to the public at Hamilton Police Division Headquarters from 5:00 pm through 8:00 pm.
National Night Out was first established in 1984 by Matt Peskin of the National Association of Town Watch. Hamilton has participated since its inception.
The first National Night Out was fairly simple. In most communities, it was "lights on" vigils and some basic information being delivered to the community. The event was quite popular, and attracted more than 2 million participants in both Canada and the United States.
This year’s event will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 36 million people are expected to participate in National Night Out on August 4th.
"National Night Out is a great opportunity for all Hamilton residents to interact with Police Division personnel and with other first responders from Hamilton and Mercer County. National Night Out is a wonderful way to build good relationships with residents we serve every day. The trust of the residents and their help in reporting crime and suspicious activity helps the police become more effective at crime suppression" stated Chief James W. Collins
National Night Out is celebrated to enhance community-police awareness and to improve participation in local anti-crime activities.
National Night Out aims at the below mentioned goals:
- Crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generate support and enhance participation in local anti-crime efforts
- Strengthen police-community partnerships
- To let the criminals know that neighborhoods are active and ready to fight back
- Intensifies neighborhood spirit
From 5 pm to 8 pm on August 4th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Hamilton and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with their neighbors in show of solidarity and as an exhibit of community support against crime and illegal activities during our nation-wide National Night Out event.
"This National Night Out, thanks to our dedicated Police, our community can continue to celebrate a record level of public safety as we enjoy our lowest annual crime rate since 1977," says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede. "I invite residents to join us for this year’s celebration, as we continue to strengthen our community’s cooperative partnership between our Police and our law-abiding citizens. By continuing to work together, we can keep our community safe as we stand united against crime."
During the event at Hamilton Police Division Headquarters, residents can view and interact with displays from various units within Hamilton Police Division and the Community, including Police and Public Safety Vehicles and Equipment Displays, children’s fingerprinting and representatives from numerous community based organizations and businesses.
There will be a petting zoo and pony rides, race cars, bounce house, inflatables and a photo booth. Food and refreshments will be provided while supplies last.