America’s ‘Night Out’ Against Crime is fast approaching, and Escalon officials are looking for residents interested in hosting a neighborhood gathering.
The observance of National Night Out will be on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Historically, more than a half dozen gatherings are hosted around the community and a large contingent of city, fire, police and ambulance personnel visit all the locations, traveling in a caravan from stop to stop, going ‘lights and sirens’ through the community.
According to information from the Escalon Police, National Night Out is “designed to promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity.”
Sign-ups are being taken now for the Aug. 4 Night Out and those planning to host a neighborhood gathering are asked to provide a group name or theme, the location, an estimated number of people attending and the type of activities that will be offered. Many have barbecues, some provide games and music, others have ice cream socials – the goal is to get the community residents out and visiting with their neighbors for the night, taking a united stand against crime and drugs.
Sara Cardoso at Escalon Police Department is serving as chairperson for the event this year and she can be reached at 691-7301 for more information.
Forms are also available at City Hall to sign up to host a gathering and Cardoso said they need to be turned in by Friday, July 31 in order for a visit by the caravan to be scheduled.