Box Elder residents joined a night out on the town, courtesy of the Box Elder Police Department.
On Tuesday August 5, 2014, the Box Elder Police Department hosted its 5th Annual National Night Out – America’s Night Out Against Crime.
National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to:
- Heighten crime 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.
More than 30 million citizens in about 15,000 communities in the United States and Canada participate in National Night Out each year.
Box Elder’s 2014 event featured displays by area public safety partners including the Box Elder Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, 28th Security Forces Squadron, Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington County Emergency Management, and Ellsworth Air Force Base emergency services. Other community service organizations had displays and activities as well, including Working Against Violence Inc (WAVI), the Front Porch Coalition, Second Amendment Sisters of South Dakota, and Youth and Family Services.
This year's event also featured a rock climbing wall, courtesy of the S.D. Department of Game Fish and Parks - Outdoor Campus West. As they made their way through the many displays, residents enjoyed music, hot dogs, root beer floats, and ice cold bottled water and Coca Cola products.
National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On National Night Out, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and “give crime a going away party.”
National Night Out was held at the Box Elder City Hall & Event Center, 420 Villa Drive, from 5 pm until 9 pm. Admission was free, as were all activities and displays.
For further information about National Night Out, please contact event coordinator Lt Chris Misselt at (605)923-1401 or [email protected].