Originally known as Family Night Out, National Night Out 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;
- Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
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Foxborough Neighbors, Police Mingle at National Night Out Event
by Courtney Jansson, Foxboro Patch
The Foxborough community came together Tuesday for a relaxing evening and children had the opportunity to have fun with the Foxborough Public Safety Department.
The Foxboro Police department and the Foxboro Jaycees joined forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “28th Annual National Night Out” (NNO), a unique crime and drug prevention.
This fun family evening was designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention efforts in the community. The event was also aimed at strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
“This was a night for the community to come together and get out there and meet face to face,” spoke Pam Warren, Publicity Director for the Foxboro Jacyees.
Foxborough’s National Night Out event included a live DJ and a Bouncy House, sponsored by the Police Department, for the kids. The Police department was also doing fingerprinting kits for families and allowed kids to take a peak inside a police vehicle, where they tested out the various emergency sounds.
“Few communities are cerebrating National Night Out at this level,” noted Warren. “Police Chief Edward O’Leary spearheaded this event, and it is important for the community to know that the police are here to help.”
The Jaycees gave away glow sticks and ice cream was provided by the Lafayette House. The YMCA, HUGS and New Hope were on hand at the event with their own displays and activities as well.
National Night Out involves over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people were expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’.
For more information about national Night Out or the Foxboro Jaycees, visit the Foxboro Jaycees Website at www.foxborojaycees.org.
Jaycees help revive Night Out on Common
Police co-sponsor event
By Christine Igo Freeman
Published: Thursday, August 4, 2011 11:46 AM EDT
National Night Out, known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” has a special place in the heart of Jaycees President Monica Fisler.
Fisler, whose Jaycees co-sponsored Tuesday’s Night Out on Foxboro Common with the Foxboro Police Department, met her future husband, Dave Fisler, at NNO back in 2003. The two ended up helping to push a “paddy wagon” around the Common and, as they say, the rest is history.
Nationwide, NNO celebrates its 28th anniversary this year. But according to Police Chief Edward O’Leary, Foxboro has celebrated National Night Out “somewhere around 20 years” with last year being the first time there was no event on the Common.
This year, the Foxboro Jaycees reached out to the Foxboro Police in the hope of bringing back this unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
And it was a success.
“I was quite pleased with the turnout, especially from 7 to 8 p.m. when we had a lot of young families,” O’Leary said Wednesday. “The Jaycess should get credit for re-invigorating this event.”
“We have been wanting to bring back National Night Out to Foxboro so I was very happy with the turnout tonight,” said Jaycee Membership Vice-President Heather Loew. “It was such a fun night of entertainment and awareness. Looking ahead, I think we can build on our success to make next year’s event even better.”
With celebrations in all 50 states, NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships to secure a safer nation.
This year’s Foxboro event saw participation from H.U.G.S. (Help Us Get Safe) of Foxboro, which provides assistance to victims and families of domestic violence, and New Hope. Fun activities to promote fitness were run by the Invensys Foxboro Y, while free ice cream was donated by the Lafayette House. “It doesn’t get any better than free ice cream,” O’Leary said with a smile.
Music was provided by DJ Michael Smith of Attleboro. Smith and his wife Wendy both work at the Igo Elementary School, where he is a custodian and she is a reading specialist.
The highlight of the evening was the Glow Stick Parade led by a police cruiser when kids, families and participants march halfway around the Common adorned with glow sticks.