August 17, 2010 > Residents support Milpitas National Night Out
Residents support Milpitas National Night Out
By Meenu Gupta
Residents turned out in large numbers for "America's Night Out Against Crime" held on Thursday, August 5. Approximately 992 members of the Milpitas community participated this year. "National Night Out is a central point of focus for our community to rally together to fight crime and allows our entire community to come to showcase our community pride and spirit," said Officer Gene Smith, Milpitas PD.
Officers from the Milpitas Police Department visited individual gatherings, met with residents, and distributed crime prevention information. Police stickers, McGruff the Crime Dog and police car tours were a favorite for children attending the events. "It again has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership in our fight for a safer city and nation," said Officer Smith. "This event has been another successful collaboration between the community, the City of Milpitas and Milpitas Police Department in promoting cooperation in the battle against crime." Each year a significant number of National Night Out events mark the beginning of new neighborhood watch groups.
The Milpitas Police Department is encouraging residents to stay involved in crime prevention and community awareness by participating in the Milpitas Neighborhood Watch Program. Residents interested in Neighborhood Watch should contact Officer Duong Nguyen at (408) 586-2528 at the Milpitas Police Department's Community Relations Unit.