Join the Party on National Night Out

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Not only is Tuesday the start of the Umatilla County Fair, but it is also the 30th anniversary of National Night Out, a crime-and-drug-prevention event geared toward the entire community.

The Hermiston Police Department encourages everyone to take part from 6 to 8 p.m., by locking their doors, turning on their porch lights and spending the evening outside with your neighbors, police and firefighters.

Many neighborhoods throughout Hermiston will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, ice cream socials, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies.

National Night Out is designed to:

• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Contact Officer Erica Sandoval to join the celebration. Call her at (541) 567-5519 or e-mail her at esandoval@hermiston.or.us