Benton Police Hosting Second National Night Out Event in Neighborhoods

  On Tuesday, October 1st, neighborhoods throughout Benton are being invited to join forces together for the Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.  This is the second NNO event hosted in Benton this year due to some of the groups not wishing to participate in the heat of the summer or for other logistical reasons.  

    National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
    Starting at 6:00 PM, residents in neighborhoods throughout Benton are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.  Many neighborhoods throughout Benton will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, and visits from the police department, flashlight walks, and youth activities.
    This is a night for citizens to take a stand against crime in their own neighborhoods, which is the primary purpose of NNO, and to commit to being an extra set of eyes to alert us to criminal activity. Officers cannot be everywhere at once therefore through the neighborhood watch program we are able to provide more effective enforcement to our citizens. 
    For more information on the neighborhood watch program or National Night Out please contact Ofc. David Richey or Sgt. Justin Tittle at 501-776-5948.