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U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. to Take Part in 36th Annual National Night Out

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. will join law enforcement, community leaders and residents on Tuesday, August 6th at the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina’s celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The event takes place at the Riverwalk Crossing Park in downtown Jacksonville to celebrate the 36th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.

National Night Out is a community-building and crime prevention campaign that promotes collaborative law enforcement-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.  Thousands of communities nationwide will participate in neighborhood block parties, festivals, cookouts, safety demonstrations, seminars, and activities that heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts.  Events such as these help to strengthen neighborhood spirit, police-community partnerships, and demonstrate a shared commitment for strong and safe communities. 

“For 36 years, National Night Out has rallied neighborhood residents, law enforcement and community leaders in the common goal of strengthening relationships to help prevent and deter crime in our local community.  I am proud to stand with my colleagues and my neighbors to support safer streets and work together to drive out crime,” said U.S. Attorney Higdon.

“For law enforcement to be effective, it must have the support of the people it serves.  We are truly fortunate to have the support of this community,” stated Police Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety for the City of Jacksonville.  “National Night Out cements the importance of the partnership that is key to successful policing.  This is a night to celebrate that.”

National Night Out organizers are expecting over 16,000 communities and 38 million people nationwide to take part in community events on Tuesday.

Updated August 5, 2019