National Night Out Against Crime is Aug. 7

On Tuesday night, Aug. 7, neighborhoods and apartment complexes throughout Olathe are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the “29th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Olathe Police Department in cooperation with the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act. More than 15,325 communities from all 50 states are expected to be participating in this year’s
America’s Night Out against Crime.”

In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out in 2011.

National Night Out 2012 is expected to be the largest ever. Once again this year, Target is a corporate sponsor. National Night Out is designed to:

(1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

(2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts;

(3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and

(4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and the police department are working together to fight back.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 7, people in neighborhoods throughout Olathe are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors.

Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as
block parties, cookouts, parades, and contests. Neighborhoods will receive visits from the Olathe Police Department, the Olathe Fire Department or Johnson County Med- Act.

If you would like more information regarding National Night or to register, call Specialist Beth Wegner at 971-6323 or email

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