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National Night Out takes a stand against crime

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  • Agencies around the area hosting National Night Out celebrations

    Agencies around the area hosting National Night Out celebrations

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    National Night Out is a great opportunity for communities and law enforcement agencies nationwide to come together to stand against crime this Tuesday, August 4.Florence: The Florence County Sheriff’s Office will kick off its 32nd Annual National Night Out Celebration at the Leatherman Senior Center located at 600 Senior Way in Florence, at 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment, free food, games for children and drinks for all at the event.More >>
    National Night Out is a great opportunity for communities and law enforcement agencies nationwide to come together to stand against crime this Tuesday, August 4.Florence: The Florence County Sheriff’s Office will kick off its 32nd Annual National Night Out Celebration at the Leatherman Senior Center located at 600 Senior Way in Florence, at 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment, free food, games for children and drinks for all at the event.More >>

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The National Night Out event is all about taking a stand against crime.

This event gives neighborhood crime watch organizations a chance to build stronger relationships with each other and law enforcement officers. Firefighters and government leaders will also be at some events.

“We can only be so effective,” says Horry County Police Lt. Raul Denis. “So we want to include them. We want to hear what they need, we want to understand them just as much as we need them to understand us. That’s really the only way we can be effective at what we do.”

The event raises crime prevention awareness and gets people involved in local programs that support that initiative. In Horry County, police officers also want to heighten drug prevention awareness. Leaders say they want to send a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Lt. Denis says many times, it’s not a positive experience when police officers or firefighters show up to your home, because someone is either in trouble or needs help. So this event allows you to have some fun while learning crucial information about safety in your neighborhood. And Lt. Denis says safety is a two-way street.

“We can't do what we do without them,” says Lt. Denis. “And they can’t basically use us without communicating. A lot of times, we don’t understand what’s happening. And it’s because we don’t have enough people to be everywhere all the time. So when there are needs or trends or problems in a community, we want to be involved up front, early on. So that hopefully we can have a positive influence in the outcome.”

This is a family-friendly event. So there will be free food, games, and activities. For a full list of all the participating communities and event times and locations, click here.

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