Make plans to attend Monday’s National Night Out

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 2:20pm

The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) is encouraging area residents, businesses, neighborhood groups and homeowners’ associations to show their support for police-community crime prevention partnerships and help kick off Crime Prevention Month by participating in Wake Forest’s National Night Out (NNO). The free event will take place Monday, Oct. 7, from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre parking lot, 405 S. Brooks St.

NNO promises something for everyone, including a DJ, food and special prizes; police, fire, and EMS vehicle displays; and a variety of information booths highlighting crime prevention and safety. The police department will also offer a K-9 demonstration and D.A.R.E. presentation and share information on Neighborhood Watch, Special Olympics and more.

Earlier this week, NNO organizer Scott Graham confirmed that the Breath Alcohol Test (BAT) Mobile unit will be onsite throughout Monday’s event. Introduced in 1996, the BAT Mobile Unit Program assists law enforcement officers at DWI checking stations and in raising awareness of the dangers of impaired driving. Area residents will be allowed to tour the inside of the vehicle and speak to BAT coordinators.

NNO teams law enforcement agencies with citizens, community leaders, civic groups and local businesses to promote safe, healthy neighborhoods. The NNO observance is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Although NNO is offered nationally on the first Tuesday in August, the WFPD schedules its event each year on the first Monday in October to take advantage of cooler temperatures and usher in Crime Prevention Month.

For more information on Wake Forest’s National Night Out, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “National Night Out” or contact Officer Scott Graham at 919-761-3132 or sgraham@wakeforestnc.gov

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre