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Plan a Block Party, Support Evanston Police

Taking place this Tuesday, National Night Out is a crime prevention event designed to bring residents and police together for fun, neighborhood events.

This coming week, the police are hoping you'll throw a party—a block party, that is.

Along with hundreds of local law enforcement groups around the country, the will participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the event is designed to unite police and local residents and send a message that neighborhoods are organized and ready to fight crime.

Evanston police are asking neighborhoods and community groups to organize events for this year's National Night Out. Those could include a block party or cookout, a visit from the police or fire department, a parade or flashlight walk, or sponsorship of an activity for teens that discourages crime and drug use. 

Traditionally, neighbors also turn on their porch lights as a display of unity, according to the police department.

Anyone who wishes to organize a gathering or activity is asked to register their plans with the city by calling 847-866-5019 or sending an e-mail to lspells@cityofevanston.org. Residents with questions may contact Officer Loyce Spells at 847-859-7843.

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