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Neighborhood hosts invited to join in Pleasanton's 'Night out Against Crime'

Applications due by Aug. 1 for Aug. 5 event

Pleasanton will hold its annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5 and the Police Department is seeking neighborhoods interested in hosting the informative and festive street parties.

The crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Pleasanton police.

More than 37 million people in more than 15,000 communities will join forces on Aug. 6 to celebrate the 31st annual event, according to Shannon Revel-Whitaker, the police department's Community Services officer.

"National Night Out s designed to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support 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," Revel-Whitaker said.

The Pleasanton Police Department started participating in National Night Out 12 years ago with four neighborhood block parties. Since then, the event has progressively grown to almost 40 block parties with most coming from the department's organized Neighborhood Watch groups.

Parties vary from potlucks and barbecues to ice cream socials and have included live bands, bounce houses, kids activities and closed off street parties. Parties registered with the police could be visited by the Pleasanton police, firefighters, civic and city leaders and a Pleasanton Weekly reporter and photographer.

Those interested in hosting a National Night Out Party should sign on to the police department's Web site at www.pleasantonpd.org and download an application or pick one up in the front lobby of the police department on Bernal Avenue.

For more information contact Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker at (925) 931-5240 or by email at srevel-whitaker@cityofpleasantonca.gov/

The deadline for applications is Aug. 1.

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