Still time to plan party for National Night OutSummer is the season to fire up the barbecue and head out to the backyard to celebrate summer with friends and neighbors. However, it’s also a time when crime is on the rise.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
Summer is the season to fire up the barbecue and head out to the backyard to celebrate summer with friends and neighbors. However, it’s also a time when crime is on the rise.
To take a stand against crime and promote community togetherness, neighborhoods in Duluth and other cities throughout the country will take part in National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6. Started in 1984, the annual event is celebrating its 30th year of raising awareness about crime and police programs.
“This is the most important event for the Duluth Police Department,” said Pam Kleinschmidt, captain of the Lincoln Park Patrol and volunteer organizer for the event. “It’s an evening that promotes awareness of the community’s need to band together to build stronger communities and build a partnership with law enforcement.”
The city of Duluth is currently seeking applicants to host neighborhood parties as part of the event. People interested in hosting a party must register with the city if they wish to use a street or have police barricades set up. Plus, officers frequently stop by parties to meet residents.
Last year, more than 25 individuals, community centers and churches throughout the city hosted parties. And, as of early last week, more than 25 parties were again registered for this year’s celebration with more applications expected, Kleinschmidt said.
“It’s so fun to see the enthusiasm of participants,” she said.”The community just bands together for a fun evening.”
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 24. If you are interested in hosting an event, contact Kleinschmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 722-7178.