On Tuesday, August 2, more than 100 Durham neighborhoods and groups will join 16,728 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian sites and military bases worldwide in observing the 33rd Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. City and state leaders, Durham Police Department (DPD) officials, partnering public safety agencies and community groups will visit neighborhoods holding various NNO celebrations across the city. DPD patrol officers plan to deliver special treats to residents during their visits to NNO sites.
Highlights of Durham’s 2016 NNO observance include the debut of the City Hall On The Go truck and Durham’s “Running Man” Challenge video. City Hall On The Go is a unique mobile platform that will serve, share and connect residents with resources throughout the City of Durham. It is designed to reach out to remote communities within the city and to increase awareness of City services. It will serve residents where they live, work and play. The truck was donated to the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department by DPD.
Durham’s “Running Man” Challenge video, the product of a collaboration between DPD and the Sheriff’s Office, will be released on August 2. The video, produced without the use of taxpayer funds, is another example of the department’s community outreach efforts.
To help promote police-community partnerships, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis has invited other new and existing Durham leaders to join her tour of various NNO sites. Accompanying Chief Davis will be new Durham Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Durham; new Durham Housing Authority Director Anthony Scott; new North Carolina Central University Police Chief Odetta Johnson; NC Pride Director John Short; and El Centro Hispano President/CEO Pilar Rocha-Goldberg.
Once again in conjunction with NNO, DPD is partnering with the Crayons2Calculators “Fill That Bus!” campaign. Each police substation and headquarters has been provided a bin for school supply donations that benefit students and teachers in Durham. The department also encouraged NNO neighborhoods organizers to hold “Fill That Bus!” collections as part of their NNO activities. The overall safety goal is to help to fight crime and poverty with literacy. DPD will collect school supplies until August 17.
The majority of NNO neighborhood events are organized by Durham residents on a voluntarily basis, and specifically target residents of respective neighborhoods. However, the following events, organized by various community groups, are open to the general public:
A.S. Hunter Lodge #825 301 Cook RoadDurham, NC 27713Food/Games5:30 to 8 p.m.
Bull City Outreach Ministries 1512 Holloway StreetDurham, NC 27703Food & Drinks4:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Duke University/Duke Police Department Mill Village at Central Campus Anderson Street/Yearby AvenueDurham, NC 27713Block Party 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Church 420 E. Piedmont StreetDurham, NC 27701Light refreshments/adult and children activities6 to 8 p.m.
McDougald Terrace/Sponsored by NC Central Police Department Burton Park, 1100 Sima Avenue (NEW LOCATION FROM PREVIOUS YEARS) Durham, NC 27701Field day with bounce house, games, spoken work, music, food and drinks3 to 7 p.m.
Omega Psi Phi (Beta Phi Chapter) - Uplift Project, Inc. 1811 Palmer StreetDurham, NC 27707NNO Community Event5 to 8 p.m.
Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice 906 Carroll StreetDurham, NC 27701Neighborhood Gathering5 to 7 p.m.
Tooties Bar on Rigsbee 704 Rigsbee AvenueDurham, NC 27701Indoor/Outdoor Entertainment4 to 9 p.m.
About National Night OutNNO is spearheaded each year by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The purpose of NNO is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships. For more information, visit the NATW website at www.nationalnightout.org.
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