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U.S. Attorney’s Office to Take Part in 36th Annual National Night Out

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen will join law enforcement, community leaders, and residents on Tuesday, August 6th in Bristol, Virginia, to celebrate the 36th annual National Night Out crime and drug-prevention event. Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office will also attend events in Roanoke, Roanoke County, Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Lynchburg, Bedford County, Tazewell County, Albemarle County, Pulaski, Marion, Waynesboro, Winchester, Salem, and Abingdon.

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. 

“Reducing violent crime and promoting safety in American communities is a major focus of the Justice Department and U.S. Attorneys across the country,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen.  “National Night Out is an opportunity to strengthen the bonds, the respect, and the camaraderie between neighbors and law enforcement officers.  These relationships make our country stronger and safer.”

“Our local law-enforcement partners play a vital role in critical DOJ initiatives, including violent-crime reduction and drug enforcement,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated.  “We are proud to stand with them as they work to increase cooperation and trust between their agencies and the communities they serve.”

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

Updated July 31, 2019

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