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Home  |  News  |  Richland County Sheriff invites the community to the 2011 National Night Out Kick-off

Richland County Sheriff invites the community to the 2011 National Night Out Kick-off
Monday, June 6, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the 2011 Kick-Off for National Night Out will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Village at Sandhill (at the Fountain in the Town Center Commons) in an effort to celebrate taking crime off our streets and to kick-start National Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday August 2, 2011.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the National Night Out Kick Off and the Tuesday National Night Out are designed to encourage communities to interact with each other, interact with law enforcement and to send the message to the criminals that we will not tolerate their behavior; that we are “Building Unity in the Community” in Richland County.

Sheriff Leon Lott added that his goal is to have 100% participation from all neighborhoods in Richland County on National Night Out, and have a crime watch in every neighborhood and business community.

This years Pre-National Night Out event, on Saturday July 30, 2011, will include a “Guardian’s of the Night K9 5K” Run/Walk that will begin at 7:30 AM in front of the Plex Indoor Sports. More information will follow, about the race which is being professionally managed by Strictly Running of Columbia ,as details become available. The run/walk is being organized by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit and they can be contacted c/o Sgt. Kevin Hoover at 803-309-9413/ khoover@rcsd.net.

The Sheriff asks that each neighborhood contact the Community Services Division at the Sheriff’s Department at (803) 576-3118 to register your neighborhood for National Night Out, participate in the events or to start a crime watch. The Sheriff is offering assistance for communities in planning an event for NNO -- please contact the Community Action Team at (803) 576-3118 for ideas on how to help prevent crime and make National Night Out a success.

Sheriff Leon Lott states citizens can expect fun activities for the entire family; food, exhibits, entertainment, demonstrations and hundreds of crime prevention tips and tools during the kick off event and at events across the County on National Night Out.

Sheriff Leon Lott is excited about the partnership with the Village at Sandhill and our Citizens for the National Night Out Kick-Off on July 30, 2011. Mr. Alan Kahn of the Village at Sandhill, "stated that corporate community partnerships are tremendously important to improving our over all quality of life and safety. Mr. Alan Kahn added that the National Night Out kickoff, on July 30th at the Village, will demonstrate the cooperation between Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Village at Sandhill in improving our community."

Sheriff Leon Lott states that National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts; it was felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally. "It's a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.

Sheriff Leon Lott recalls that while the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes - and to expand and strengthen programs everyday of the year.

Sheriff Leon Lott states after this event we should have a Neighborhood Crime Watch in every community and in the business community. Neighbors can organize themselves as well as business owners and tenants to talk about crime prevention in their neighborhood and business community. The Sheriffs Department Community Action Team specializes in helping individuals start and maintain their crime watch.

A study shows that 99% of all citizens will be a victim of crime and 98% of crimes can be prevented. Please allow the Sheriff’s Department to assist you in deterring crime from your neighborhood and business community.

The Sheriff’s Department also provides security analysis of your home or business for FREE. The Community Action Team will come out and conduct a security check on your home or business and provide you with tips to make your home or business safer.

National Night Out is a time for neighborhoods to fellowship and to unify for a great cause, but it is also a time to evaluate your neighborhood in order to determine what things can be improved to make it safer. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is prepared to assist each community with making it safer and to reducing crime overall in the community.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

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