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July 21, 2012

CPD schedules ‘National Night Out’ event

CLAREMORE —  

While taking a bite out of crime may be in the job description of McGruff the Crime Dog, next month Claremore police are inviting the public to fight crime while taking a bite out of hot dogs at their second annual “National Night Out” event.
Scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 7, “National Night Out” is a national community-building initiative, designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
“This initiative has actually been in existence for some time, allowing participating cities to foster a stronger relationship between local law enforcement and members of the community,” said Stan Brown, Claremore Chief of Police. “We’re inviting members of the community out to join members of the department for an informal cookout — hot dogs and soda pop — at Gazebo Park in Claremore, to get to know us better and to allow us to better understand what’s on their minds.”
Further, “National Night Out” is set up to send a clear message to criminals and would-be criminals that neighborhoods are organized and cooperate with law enforcement to combat crime, according to Brown.
“We know it may be a little warm, a little toasty, in August, but we’ve planned for the event to be later in the day and evening, so we’re hopeful for a strong turnout,” he said. “Last year, we had about 80 Claremore residents show up and we’re wanting to double that number this year, as I’m hoping to garner an even stronger relationship with members of the community and allow them the opportunity to speak with Claremore police.”
Brown said he’s wanting the public to speak “openly and honestly” with officers about their concerns or areas they feel the police should be made aware of.

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