AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron is celebrating the 34th annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, an event that is observed across the country and provides an opportunity for the community to build trust with police.
The night allows police to engage in the neighborhoods across Akron and stress the importance of crime- and drug-prevention.
"This event is a welcome opportunity for our law enforcement officers to interact with neighbors under positive circumstances," Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said. "Like all communities, our city suffers from the ripple effects of crime and drug addiction. It is essential that we send a strong signal that our neighborhoods are united and that we are fighting back."
There will be 15 designated sites in Akron where the National Night Out Against Crime will be celebrated.
Cleveland residents are invited to turn their lights on and join Mayor Frank G. Jackson at the 34th annual Mayor's Night Out Against Crime. This year's event focuses on lighting homes as a deterrent to crime near residents' homes.
Mayor's Night Out Against Crime events occur in each of the city's five police districts. The main event and remarks are at Luke Easter Park, 3090 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
- 1st District – McGowan Park, West 124th Street & McGowan Avenue (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
- 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway (5:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
- 3rd District – Arbor Park Village, 3750 Fleming Avenue (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
- 4th District – Luke Easter Park, (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
- 5th District – Lake Erie Preparatory School, 14405 St. Clair Ave. (Parking Lot) (5:30 – 8:00p.m.)
The National Association of Town Watch is sponsoring the events across the United States. According to campaign officials, there are an estimated 38 million people that will participate in the National Night Out event in more than 16,000 communities across the country.