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‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’

On Tuesday, August 6th, neighborhoods throughout Independence are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "30th Annual National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Independence Police Department, the City of Independence and various area businesses.

Nationwide, this event will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all over 37 million people are expected to participate in 'America's Night Out Against Crime'.

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.

From 5pm to 8 p.m. on August 6th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Independence and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

Officer John Syme and Officer Billy Pope, with the Independence Police Department, have arranged a large community block-party “On the Square” located on the corner of N. Liberty Street and W. Maple Avenue.

We invite neighborhoods city-wide to join us to "Give Crime a Going Away Party".

There will be food, informational handouts, free giveaways and demonstrations from the various units within the police department, including the K-9, Special Response Team, and Traffic Safety units, among others.

Contact Officers John Syme and Billy Pope, Crime Prevention Unit, (816) 325-7643 for additional information.

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