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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT THROWS GOING AWAY PARTY FOR CRIME

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - Huntsville Police Department and Huntsville Community Watch Association are hosting a free celebration to prevent crime.

The annual "National Night Out" will feature inflatables, children's activities, live music and vendors. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Jaycee's Building (2180 Airport Road).

Other activities include a simulated "drunk driving" course for golf carts, games and the popular SWAT truck. Door prizes and free food will be provided by vendors, including WZYP and Domino's Pizza.

"National Night Out helps prevent crime through neighborhood revitalization," said Officer Johnny Hollingsworth. "We're giving crime a going away party with the help of the community."

National Night Out coincides with Armed Forces Appreciation Week. The event is free, and donations will be accepted for Veterans Treatment Courts. Veterans Treatment Courts fights to keep veterans out of jail and ensures that they will not suffer from any gaps in benefits.

National Night Out began in 1984 as a way for communities to learn crime prevention techniques and band together against crime. National Night Out involves more than 37.8 million people each year and is celebrated throughout all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and military bases worldwide. Approximately 800 people attended Huntsville's celebration last year.

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For more information, contact Rachel Burns, Communications Department, Office of the Mayor, 256-652-3491, Rachel.burns@huntsvilleal.gov.

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