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SFS to host annual National Night Out

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Families throughout Vandenberg are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 25th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 8.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the 30th Security Forces Squadron, will involve more than 9,800 communities from all 50 states. In all, more than 33 million people are expected to participate in America's Night Out Against Crime.

Designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, National Night Out's goal is to generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

On the night of the event, residents in the neighborhood and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Security forces will host a variety of special events at the grass field next to Montana Avenue following the parade, such as youth activities and games, face painting, a K-9 demonstration, children identification kits, emergency vehicle displays, as well as visits from McGruff, Sparky, Smokey and law enforcement personnel.

This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out has proven to be an effective and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in the fight for a safer nation.