Riverhead will participate in the 35th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday Aug. 7.
The nationwide community-building event aims to generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen police-community partnerships, according to Riverhead Town Police. National Night Out is also designed to “send a message to criminals” to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.
Local Neighborhood Watch groups traditionally hold National Night Out block parties. The Riverhead Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit will visit the block parties being held around town, along with “McGruff the Crime Dog,” with free gifts for participants.
Police ask residents to participate in front porch vigils on National Night Out, leaving their front lights on between 7 and 10 o’clock that evening.
“Join your neighbors in a variety of events such as block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs,” Riverhead Police said in a press release.
Call the Riverhead Police Crime Prevention Unit at 631-727-4500 ext. 273 to find out how to participate in National Night Out or to get information on how to establish a Neighborhood Watch team in your neighborhood.