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CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department joined with other members of local law enforcement and community organizations to help make National Night Out 2012 a success.
A city and country–wide event that takes place annually, National Night Out is a program that cultivates and strengthens partnerships among the community, youth, police, city agencies and community–based organizations. National Night Out also celebrates the important contributions of Neighborhood Watch groups and each year, organizers work to increase participation in Neighborhood Watch programs among local residents.
This year, members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department custody and non–custody staff took part in several National Night Out–related events held in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Charlestown, Chelsea, Revere and the central celebration that was held in South Boston’s Moakley Park.
Sheriff’s Department employees distributed Sheriff Andrea Cabral’s “Safety Tips For Kids” coloring books, crayons and Junior Deputy Badges, and administered the Department’s Ident–A–Youth program. The Ident–A–Youth program is administered free–of–charge to provide Suffolk County parents with a record of their children’s fingerprints to file away for safekeeping. When a child goes missing, it can be one of the most harrowing and traumatic times for a parent. Having a fingerprint record, along with recent photographs and other pertinent information, to give authorities can greatly assist their efforts to locate and identify a missing child.
For the Sheriff’s Department, National Night Out provides the opportunity to connect with residents of Suffolk County and deliver Sheriff Cabral’s public safety message while also helping to put a human face on Department and the people who work “behind the walls” in the field of corrections.
“We’re glad to be able to take part in National Night Out every year,” said Sandy Zamor–Calixte, Coordinator of Community Outreach and Youth Programs for the Department’s External Affairs and Communications Division. “It’s a great event and we always look forward to working with other members of law enforcement to encourage residents to be involved in their communities and work to increase public safety.”
“National Night Out gives us the opportunity to show people that law enforcement isn’t just about locking people up or seeing people only when they’re in trouble,” added Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Abe Ayuso. “We’re also about prevention and helping our neighbors, and we want to be positive community role models for our young people.”
For more information about the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, visit: www.scsdma.org.