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Behind the Badge National Night Out will be celebrated Aug. 2 in Lodi

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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:23 am, Tue Jul 26, 2011.

National Night Out 2011 is a party with a purpose.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, neighborhoods throughout Lodi are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out. There is no better time than now to join over 40 million people who will again participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime" on Aug. 2.

National Night Out:

  • Heightens crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generates support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
  • Strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
  • Sends a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 2, residents in neighborhoods throughout Lodi are asked to lock their doors, turn on exterior lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events, such as block parties, cookouts, contests and youth activities.

National Night Out is an extension of the Neighborhood Watch Program, which began in Lodi in 1985 and continues to be a part of what makes Lodi such a special community. Citizens working in partnership with law enforcement have proved to have a positive impact on crime in neighborhoods and communities.

After all these years we continue to promote Neighborhood Watch throughout Lodi for one simple reason: Neighborhood Watch makes a difference.

Members of the Lodi Police Department, local officials, Animal Services, Fire Department and ambulance personnel will visit "block parties" to answer citizens' questions and take part in the festivities. Each pre-registered neighborhood will also receive handouts to share from the department and giveaways from this year's sponsor, Lodi Area Crimestoppers.

If you would like to take part this year and schedule a visit, please contact Jeanie Biskup by email at jbiskup@pd.lodi.gov or by phone at 333-6864 by Friday, July 29.

You don't have to be an organized Neighborhood Watch Group to take part in National Night Out. If you would like to participate in this year's event, get a few of your neighbors together and demonstrate your support for the "National Night Out" against crime, or drop in at our local Target, who is a national sponsor of the event and will be holding their own block party in front of the store on Kettleman Lane.

Any comments, questions or advice for Behind the Badge can be emailed to Jeanie Biskup or mailed to Lodi Police Department, 215 W. Elm St., Lodi, CA 95240; or by phone at 333-6864.

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