News ReleaseCity of Inglewood
Public Information Office

One Manchester Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 412-5111
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Subject :Inglewood Joins Communities Across the Country in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Contact :Lt. Mike McBride, Press Information Officer    (310) 412-5543

INGLEWOOD, CA – July 19, 2005 – The Inglewood Police Department and City Officials are inviting the entire community to participate in the 22nd Annual National Night Out Crime and Prevention Rally on Tuesday, August 2nd at Inglewood City Hall in the South Mall area, One Manchester Blvd.  The Official kick-off will begin at 7:15 p.m. with remarks from the Mayor and Council Members and a ceremonial solidarity walk around City Hall promoting “no tolerance” for crime with city officials, public safety personnel and the community standing hand-in-hand.  Families are encouraged to arrive early for a number of activities for children, including face paining, games, raffles, give-a-ways and much more beginning at 5:00 p.m.   

Concurrent with City Hall activities, neighborhood Police Community Centers will have special National Night Out activities and encourage the participation of all block club leaders.  Block Club Captains may obtain balloons and other promotional material for their neighbors at the Police Centers and all residents are urged to keep their porch lights on from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to show support for National Night Out efforts.   In addition, everyone is invited to bring a flashlight to the rally or the Police Center to symbolically and collectively “shine the light” on crime.

The purpose of National Night Out is to: 1) heighten awareness about crime and drug prevention; 2) generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts; 3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and 4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Inglewood has slightly over 200 block clubs and needs many more to serve the more than 114,000 residents.  The City has implemented some very aggressive efforts to reduce criminal activity in the City, including regular California Driver’s License/Driving Under the Influence (CDL/DUI) random checks, John Sting Operation to reduce prostitution; and a number of related efforts that will be discussed at the rally. 

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  Over 34 million people are expected to participate in this year’s effort.

National Night Out is a tremendous opportunity to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.  It will showcase the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement to make our communities safer.  The community and the media are urged to participate.  The City will have round trip shuttle service from City Hall to the Police Community Centers to make it convenient for participants and the media to see the activities at each Police Center.

For more information about National Night Out, contact the Community Affairs Section of Inglewood Police Department at 310.412.5530.