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Danville, San Ramon set for another National Night Out

Annual event brings police, residents together to heighten awareness, strengthen spirit

Neighborhoods throughout Danville and San Ramon, and the police officers who serve them, are set to take part this week in the National Night Out, an event that aims to heighten crime awareness and strengthen police-community relations.

The National Night Out -- which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, local police agencies and neighborhood watch groups -- will take place in thousands of communities nationwide on Tuesday.

The event is designed to heighten crime- and drug-awareness, generate support for and participation in neighborhood watch programs and other anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations and send a message to criminals letting them know local neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime, according to San Ramon police crime prevention specialist Darlene Kittredge.

During the event, citizens are encouraged to lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors. Many local neighborhood watch groups are planning special events, such as pot-lucks, block parties and ice cream socials.

Throughout the evening, San Ramon and Danville police officials and civic leaders will also be visiting neighborhoods that have registered with the respective departments.

"Over the years, National Night Out has strengthened neighborhood spirit and the Police Department's partnership with the community," Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said in a statement.

Danville's National Night Out will be held 6-9 p.m. this Tuesday. Residents wanting to plan a block party can register here. Registration is free and includes an organizational kit with guidelines, suggestions and more.

Residents who wish to have Danville police personnel visit their block party should contact crime prevention specialist Mark Kan at 314-3707 or mkan@danville.ca.gov.

San Ramon's National Night Out will take place 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, contact Kittredge at 973-2720 or dkittredge@sanramon.ca.gov.

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