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National Night Out set for Aug. 1

NNO 2017 2PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY – National Night Out will be held on Aug. 1 in cities, towns, communities and neighborhoods throughout the county.

National Night Out was organized in 1984 by Matt Peskin, founder and executive director of National Association of Town Watch.

Over 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states took part in the first National Night Out. Since then, National Night Out has grown to include more than 38 million residents in 20,000 communities across the United States.

The goal of National Night Out is to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town and neighborhood watches, and other anti-crime efforts.

More than 50 neighborhoods throughout Prince George's County will host events. Some of the communities and neighborhoods are North Brentwood at 4012 Webster Street from 6-8 p.m., Riverdale Height at Riverdale Heights Volunteer Fire Department from 6-8p.m., and Greenbelt at the Roosevelt Center on Crescent Road from 6-8 p.m.

Children who attend will be able to ask police officers questions, as well as taken part in other special events.

Residents can call the county's non-emergency number at 311 to locate a National Night Out in their area.

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