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August 12, 2013

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins speaks to the crowd assembled at the 30th Annual National Night Out event, held this year in Roxbury’s Malcolm X. Park.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and members of the Sheriff’s Department recently attended a series of National Night Out events in a number of Suffolk County neighborhoods.

National Night Out or "America’s Night Out Against Crime," is an annual event that was created by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police–community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Today, the event involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide, including the community of Suffolk County.

Among Sheriff Tompkins’ many visits around Suffolk County was the central event, held at Malcolm X. Park in Roxbury, where he addressed a crowd of hundreds about the importance of crime prevention and rehabilitation programming.

"We have education, special education, and vocational programs in the Sheriff’s Department, and so I ask you – when your friends and loved ones are with us, please tell them that they need to better their station in life. They need to take the programs that we offer and work with us hand–in–hand, just as we need to work with you hand–in–hand so that these young men can be at home on Sundays instead of with us. We cannot do it alone – We need your help."


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