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Akron, Ohio

Akron to Host 35th Annual National Night Out Against Crime at 18 Sites Across the City

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 08-06-2018

Akron, Ohio, August 6, 2018 On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the City of Akron will host the 35th Annual National Night Out, a unique event celebrating the importance of crime- and drug abuse-prevention and neighborhood-level engagement in our city. This year’s local theme is “Join Hands Against Crime”.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that promotes police-community relations and neighborhood unity, in an effort to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The goal of National Night Out is to bring back a true sense of community while strengthening participation in local programs that prevent and deter crime.

“Like all communities, our city suffers from the ripple effects of crime and drug addiction,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “It is essential that we send a strong signal that we are not willing to accept the status quo and are fighting back. This event is a valuable opportunity for our law enforcement officers and residents to interact in a positive way, united in their concern for the safety and wellbeing of our neighborhoods.”

“The long-term safety and security of our neighborhoods is a community-wide effort, dependent on both law enforcement and the residents we serve. Neither can truly succeed without the cooperation and respect of the other,” Mayor Horrigan continued. “This event is designed to strengthen ties between law enforcement, civic/religious groups, and neighbors by conquering the culture of fear, misunderstanding, and isolation that crime can create and replacing it with a sense of camaraderie, hope, and community.”

The NNO program has deep roots in the Akron community. The first NNO event in Akron took place in 1984 in East Akron. In 1985, a second site was added in West Akron. Since then, sites have been added throughout the city. Today, with a total of 18 sites, and more than 60 community partners, Akron has the most coordinated NNO events of any city in Ohio.  

The NNO campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic/religious groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials. In all, more than 38 million people are expected to participate in America’s Night Out Against Crime in more than 16,000 communities across all 50 states and beyond.  

The August 7th NNO events in Akron start as early as 5:00PM and run as late as 9:00PM. All Akron sites will provide information on safety, health and other issues of concern, and most sites will also feature music, games, and free food and refreshments.

A full list of 2018 NNO sites and hours is available here.

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