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Time to Register for National Night Out

The Alameda Police Department is asking neighborhood groups planning an event for National Night Out to register soon to ensure a visit by APD representatives.

The 29th Annual National Night Out (NNO) is on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the Alameda Police Department is asking groups that are planning a neighborhood event to register with the department by July 30.

Registered neighborhood events will receive visits from members of the APD.

National Night Out is a nationwide crime prevention event where residents come together, organizing their neighborhoods as a way to build on neighborhood relationships and strengthen community-police partnerships.

Neighborhoods throughout the Island organize events such as potlucks, BBQs and ice cream socials. With the proper city permit, some neighborhoods close off their entire street for a large block party.

"On Aug. 7, we ask that you leave your exterior lights on, lock your doors and spend the evening outside," says Emilia Mrak of the APD's COPPS Unit. "Although this one night is not the answer to crime, drugs or violence, it does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping make neighborhoods safer."

To register or for more information, contact the COPPS Unit at 510/337-8305 or COPPS@ci.alameda.ca.us. Event registrations must be received by Monday, July 30.

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