On Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, neighborhoods throughout Magnolia are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “29th Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Southern Arkansas University Police Department, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’.
National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 7th, residents in Magnolia and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. The Southern Arkansas University Police Department is hosting various activities for the community. Starting at 5:00 p.m. the Rider Rink will be open for free skating, popcorn and drinks. The police department will hand out Child ID Kits which include fingerprint, DNA, and description information to help identify children in the event of an emergency. Activity books, balloons and stickers will also be provided.
Please join us in building a safer community here in Magnolia and at Southern Arkansas University.