DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May and members of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners toured several locations throughout the county on Aug. 2 to promote crime prevention initiatives during National Night Out, observed in communities across the nation.
“National Night Out is a great way to promote partnerships between communities and law enforcement to make DeKalb County a safe place to live, work and play,” said May.
May kicked off National Night Out in the parking lot of the Gallery at South DeKalb in Decatur with nearly 30 communities represented at the event, which ran from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Participating in the event were representatives from DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue, Code Compliance, Gang Unit and Library Services. Additionally, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Home Depot, NAACP and Girl Scouts along with various vendors and live music.
During the annual event, neighbors celebrate across communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases. In DeKalb, National Night Out events will be held in more than 25 locations where law enforcement officials will join and engage with members of the community at cookouts and other events.
National Night Out, “America’s Night out against Crime,” is a grassroots effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out is designed to send a message to criminals that local residents are organized and fighting for their neighborhoods.