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Portland Celebrates 20 years of National Night Out

August 04, 2003 00:00


On Tuesday, August 5th, 2003, neighborhoods throughout Portland will participate in the 20th Annual National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event. This national event will be celebrated in communities throughout the United States.

Portland's National Night Out kick-off is scheduled for August 5, 5:30 p.m., at Applebee's Restaurant at 1439 NE Halsey. Mayor Vera Katz, Chief Mark Kroeker, and Fire Chief Ed Wilson will attend to showcase the importance of public safety-community partnerships and citizen involvement in the fight to build a safer nation. The public and media are invited to attend to meet Portland Police Assistant Chiefs, Precinct Commanders, Senior Neighborhood Officers, Fire Bureau personnel and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Specialists.

Mayor Katz 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 National Night Out is a showcase for that."

Chief Kroeker said, "Community Policing is a partnership between neighborhood residents, the police, businesses and the city. National Night Out is a celebration and re-dedication to this partnership, that by building crime-resistant neighborhoods we can count on each other for the long term."

More than 130 block parties will be held in Portland neighborhood parks and city blocks to celebration America's Night Out Against Crime. More than 12,000 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 Home Depot are sponsors of Portland's celebration and provided "goody bags" filled with gift certificates, 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.

The 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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