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Message From Your President
My name is Rick Crosier and I am President of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association. Each month I will be placing an article on the website talking about a variety of topics that I feel will be of interest to you. We hope that you enjoy the new and updated website and would like to thank Nicole Phipps of Roanoke, Virginia, for all of her help and efforts with this endeavor.
This is an exciting year for the Virginia Crime Prevention Association and I am glad to be a part of it. We are still working on the details, but the State Conference will be held here, in Roanoke, Virginia, on September 28 through October 1, 2014. We continue to work with DCJS on this project and as final details are made we will place them on the website for you.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, is "National Night Out" and is a program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch each year. "National Night Out" programs involve citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 16000 communities from all 50 States, U.S.Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In 2013, over 37 million people participated in "National Night Out".
"National Night Out" is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Numerous activities have been performed over the years ranging from traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils to block parties and cookouts. Police and Fire Departments play an active role in many of these various programs. "National Night Out" has proven to be an effective, inexpensive, and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in crime prevention.
As one of the leading organizations in Crime Prevention across the State, the Virginia Crime Prevention Association asks that each group throughout Virginia think about doing some form of activity to celebrate this year's "National Night Out". It can be as simple as leaving your front porch lights on all night to ice cream socials and block parties and picnics. I ask that if you are planning to do an event to please let us know what it is so that we can list it on the website to show people across the State and Nation how active we as a State can be. I look forward to working with each of you in the upcoming year.