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'National Night Out' set for Tuesday

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Local residents can participate in the 26th "National Night Out" at the Brazil YMCA Tuesday.

Scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m., this is the second time for local event.

"This is such an excellent program," Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times about the upcoming night of fun activities and demonstrations that allows people "the opportunity to meet and greet police officers and emergency response personnel."

Originated in 1984, the non-profit crime prevention organization National Association of Town Watch (NATW) sponsors the program in conjunction with law enforcement agencies to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts. The NATW has grown to include more than 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations. National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, while heightening crime and drug prevention awareness.

BPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Department worked together to organize this year's event.

Archer said it's a time for citizens to come together and make a unified effort to deter crime.

"Businesses and community members can come out and show their support of law enforcement," Archer said. "When we stand together it tells criminals that our community has had enough and now we're working together to fight crime."

Although preparations continue to be made and organizations are still getting involved, organizers confirmed several informational booths and demonstrations are scheduled to be at the event, including:

* Games, a dunking booth and coloring books for the kids,

* Demonstrations by the BCPD and the CCSD K-9 Units,

* Displays and information by the Brazil City Fire Department,

* Free identification/DNA kits available from the Indiana State Police,

* Information from the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, and

* Several local organizations and businesses will be on hand to provide safety information and will provide door prizes and goodies for people attending the event.

A new program at this event will be a "pill drop." Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton thanked local pharmacy owner Lynn Hostetler for coordinating the effort to get unused or outdated prescription or over-the-counter medications off the streets.

He said organizers hope to set up local drop off facilities that will be available year round.

"This will be an opportunity for people to drop off medications -- without any questions-- so it can be properly disposed of," Heaton said. "It's a way to keep it out of the reach of small children and/or teens, who could possibly take it to school or attempt to take it themselves or pass it out to their friends."

For more information about National Night Out, log onto www.nationaltownwatch.org or how to get involved at the local level, contact Archer at 446-2211 or Heaton at 446-2535.

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