On Tuesday, Aug. 6, neighborhoods throughout Wake Forest are invited to join the Wake Forest Police Department, Target, and thousands of communities across the United States for the 30th Annual National Night Out.
National Night Out (NNO) teams law enforcement agencies with citizens, community leaders, civic groups, and local businesses to promote safe, healthy neighborhoods. NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Wake Forest Police Department and Target, the national sponsor for NNO, are marking the occasion by hosting a “National Night Out Parking Lot Party” from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Wake Forest Target Superstore, 12000 Retail Drive.
The Parking Lot Party promises something for everyone including food and special prizes, as well as fire, police, and EMS vehicle displays. The Faith Baptist Church and Friendship Chapel Church choirs will perform and an Army National Guard helicopter will fly in and make what is sure to be a memorable landing.
The Wake Forest Police Department, in cooperation with the US Secret Service, will provide child identification fingerprint kits through a program called Operation Safe Kids where parents can have their children photographed and fingerprinted. “Safe Kids” child safety seat technicians will also be on hand to demonstrate the proper installation of child safety seats and community crime prevention officers will distribute information on topics such as vehicle security, home security, and personal safety.
The police department will also offer a K-9 demonstration and D.A.R.E. presentation, share information on upcoming Community Watch initiatives and provide rosters designed to help new neighborhoods develop their own Community Watch programs.