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National Night Out Kick-Off Party Next Week

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: July 19th, 2012 4:17 PM
Photo/sound file: (Det. Jake Pratt and Lt. Jim Aguilar of the Salem Police Department)

Salem Police plan kick-off party to encourage citizen participation in annual event
July 18, 2012: The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit announces its fourth annual National Night Out Kick-Off Party to be held Tuesday, July 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall atrium just outside the police department.

Staff invites Salem residents to attend the event to help boost community enthusiasm about hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out which is Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
The kick-off party will be the place for last minute block party planners to register their gathering, apply for a street closure permit, and get some ideas from Target Stores with a raffle sponsored by the store. The 2012 theme for this year's festivities in Salem is football and the slogan is "Tackle Crime. Join Neighborhood Watch." To help bolster enthusiasm for the event and its theme, local restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, will be at the kick-off. "What better than to have the experts demonstrate a fun and easy block party potluck dish - the chicken wings," said Angie Hedrick of the Crime Prevention Unit.

At the kick-off, those block party hosts who have already registered their party with the police department can pick up their commemorative t-shirt (one per party, while supplies last). "The commemorative give-away is a big deal each year. Neighbors arrive early and form a line at the kick-off party just to get theirs," said Hedrick.

Neighbors interested in receiving a visit from a National Night Out team consisting of a police officer and a law enforcement or local business mascot, should register soon as the number of parties we can visit is limited by staffing and fleet. She added, "This is Salem's night out against crime and Salem residents very much enjoy hosting parties and inviting officers to spend some time visiting and providing tips and helpful info about how to prevent crime in our community."

For more information, please contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (503)588-6175 or visit

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