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Portland Celebrates 19th National Night Out, August 6, 2002

August 05, 2002 00:00


On Tuesday, August 6, 2002, Mayor Vera Katz, Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker, and Charles Mathews III, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Oregon FBI will be at Applebee's Restaurant, 10004 NE Halsey, Portland, Oregon, to participate in National Night Out. Neighborhoods throughout Portland will join neighbors from throughout the United States in the 19th Annual National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event. This national event will be celebrated in communities throughout the United States on that evening.

Portland's National Night Out kick-off is scheduled for August 6, 2002, at 5:30 p.m., at Applebee's Restaurant. Mayor Vera Katz, Chief Mark Kroeker, and Charles Mathews III, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Oregon FBI will attend to showcase the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in the fight to build a safer nation. The Mayor, Chief, and FBI will be stopping by many block parties to celebrate with neighbors.

Mayor Katz said, "This year's sponsors, Applebee's and Safeway, have shown a commitment to community safety and partnership with the City of Portland that has helped to make this National Night Out the largest in the history of Portland."

Chief Kroeker said, "We are fortunate here in Portland to be a city of distinct and strong neighborhoods. A key to community policing is to build strong community organizations, and this is a showcase for that."

Commissioner Jim Francesconi is the Commisioner-in-charge of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's crime prevention program. Commissioner Francesconi said, "Public safety doesn't happen by accident, it takes partnerships between neighborhood residents, the police, businesses and the city. National Night Out is a celebration and re-dedication to this partnership, a signal that we can count on each other for the long term."

Other invited guests include the Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chiefs, Precinct Commanders, and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's crime prevention specialists.

More than 120 block parties will be held in Portland neighborhood parks and city blocks to celebration America's Night Out Against Crime. More than 8,000 residents, neighborhood associations, Neighborhood, Apartment, and Business watches, police officers, crime prevention specialists, firefighters, and elected officials will attend events and support community activities to build safer communities and acknowledge residents' successes battling crime.

Applebee's and Safeway have joined the effort as sponsors of Portland's celebration. Applebee's and Safeway provided "goody bags" filled with gift certificates, balloons, water bottles, timers, motion sensors, deadbolts and flashlights for every event. Applebee's invites those Portlanders who do not have a block party to attend, to stop by their restaurants for Neighborhood Block Party activities.

Sunshine Division provided boxes for the "goody bags." Block parties are asked to fill those boxes with canned goods and return to Sunshine for families in need.

For more information on the various events, including locations and times, please contact Marsha Palmer, Portland Police Bureau, National Night Out Coordinator, at 503-823-0264.


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