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July 17, 2009

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Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Smith fingerprints Noah Ellegood, 7, of Roslindale during the E-13 National Night Out Event in Jamaica Plain.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently lent its support to the Jamaica Plain/Egleston National Night Out celebration, held this year on the grounds of English High School.

Officers from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department were on hand to administer the Ident-A-Youth fingerprinting program to children attending with a parent or guardian, and to distribute the Department’s Safety Tips For Kids coloring books, crayons, and Junior Deputy Badges.

Additional activities and items offered at the event included a rock climbing wall for youngsters, volleyball games with Boston Police District E-13 Officers, raffle prizes, free hot dogs, and more, thanks to the support of such community organizations and businesses as JP Bikes, Faulkner Hospital, JP Community Development Corporation, Franklin Park Zoo, Coca Cola, Washington Street Business Group, Egleston Square Main Streets, and local crime watch groups.

Among the list of notables in attendance at the event were Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, State Representative Liz Malia, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Boston Police Captain for E-13 John Greland, Community Service Officer Sergeant Eric Krause, and Boston Neighborhood Crime Watch Director Carolyn MacNeil.

Mayor Menino, along with Commissioner Davis, Capt. Greland, and Sgt. Krause, presented special 2009 National Night Out Community Service Awards, Crime Fighter Awards, and Youth Leadership Awards to local citizens for their efforts in helping to make a difference in their neighborhood.

Following the event, Capt. Greland expressed his appreciation of the many people who came together to make this year’s National Night Out in JP a great success, and gave special thanks to participants from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

“Boston Police District E-13 and the community organizers wish to thank Sheriff Cabral and the Sheriff’s Department for attending and helping us out at this annual event,” said Capt. Greland.

National Night Out is, according to the event’s entry on the City of Boston website, “America’s Night Out Against Crime – a proven, inexpensive and enjoyable program. Organized by the Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit of the Boston Police Department, Boston’s National Night Out celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of over 600 active Neighborhood Crime Watches working year-round to build safe neighborhoods where we live, work and play." This year’s Citywide National Night Out celebration will take place at the Franklin Park Zoo on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. For more information about National Night Out Boston visit:

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