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July 31, 2009

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 961-6682


Lakia Fox and Sgt. Damaris Smith with the Ident-a-Youth program at a recent National Night Out event in Jamaica Plain.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department is gearing up in support of National Night Out on August 4th, 2009.

With plans to attend National Night Out in Chelsea, Revere, Jamaica Plain, Fenway Park, and the event’s culmination in Dorchester’s Franklin Park, members of the Department’s custody and non-custody staff will be operating tables at the aforementioned locations. The Ident-a-Youth fingerprinting program will be available at some sites and all of the Sheriff’s Department tables will distribute Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral’s “Safety Tips For Kids” coloring books, crayons and Jr. Deputy Badges in an effort to contribute to the overall theme of increasing public safety and building a stronger community.

“The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department is a proud supporter of National Night Out each year,” said Sheriff Cabral. “It is greatly important that we join with other law enforcement agencies, community groups and residents to promote safety and crime prevention awareness in our neighborhoods.”

As explained by the National Association of Town Watch, “the 26th Annual National Night Out (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime 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 NNO celebration for 2008 brought together residents, law enforcement groups, businesses, civic organizations, and officials from more than 15,000 communities across the 50 states, U.S. territories, and beyond with over 37 million participants helping to make it a tremendous success.

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