Riverhead Town Police will participate in the annual National Night Out Tuesday Aug. 6. The event will officially kick off at 2 p.m. during a town board meeting, where National Night Out poster contest winners will be recognized.

The nationwide community-building event aims to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support for and participation in anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community programs and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

During the evening hours, the Riverhead Police Department Crime Prevention Program will visit block parties and offer giveaways and visits by McGruff the Crime Dog. Police ask residents to participate in front porch vigils on National Night Out, leaving their front lights on between 7 and 10 p.m. and join in neighborhood events such as cookouts and flashlight walks.

Call the Riverhead Police Crime Prevention Unit at 631-727-4500 ext. 273 or email Cheryl Behr, [email protected] 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.

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