On August 7, neighborhoods across Osceola County are encouraged to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide to celebrate the 24th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a crime and drug prevention event. The Sheriff's Office is asking residents to turn on an outside ight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to support the campaign.
The purpose of this event is to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention generate support for local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Last year's event involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses and neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 34 million people participated. Locally, at least eight neighborhoods in Osceola County including Indian Ridge, Blossom Park Villas, Intercession City, Spring Lake, Remington, King's Point, North Shore and The Oaks hosted events for their residents that included music and activities for children. Osceola County Sheriff's Office officials, community services personnel and deputies participated in the neighborhood events. In addition, the Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit made an appearance at various communities by "Shining a light" at neighborhood events.
"This is a night for citizens to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity," stated Sheriff Bob Hansell. "National Night Out showcases the vital importance of law enforcement/community partnerships and citizen involvement to build safer neighborhoods."
For more information on how to start a neighborhood watch program in your community, to learn more about crime prevention call Community Services 407-348-1190.
Sheriff Robert E. "Bob" Hansell
OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
2601 E. No Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee, Florida 34744