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Best of National Night Out 2011

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credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The 28th Annual National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2. What started out as a ‘National Night Out Against Crime’ in 1984 has turned into a night for neighbors to gather, meet each other, and form a sense of community all while learning  more about crime prevention.

Seattle made national news this week when the Seattle Police Department decided to use Twitter to post nearly every call that came through to them in 12 hours. According to the Seattle Times, the SPD tweeted all its calls, except for domestic violence, bomb threats, child abuse or sexual assault.

Seattle Police’s own Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, on the SPD Blotter blog, posted: “Some of you may be wondering why the Seattle Police Department has been “tweeting” police events. The Seattle Police Department handles hundreds of thousands of contacts every year. What better way to bring awareness to them than to “tweet” a sample of them during a 12 hour period?” The Seattle Police Department wanted to emphasize the theme of this year’s Night Out “Fighting Crime Together – Being Prepared Together“, according to the Blotter.

Along with traditional candlelight vigils and lit porchlights, there are many neighborhoods participating in this year’s National Night Out, from block parties to churches to community centers. You can get the complete listing of activities, plus a map at http://www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.

Plannning an event in your neighborhood? You can register it on the website as well.

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