DATE/TIME: Monday, August 2nd, 2004 / 04:40 PM

Residents throughout the City of Schenectady are invited to join members of the Schenectady Police Department and Schenectady Neighborhood Watch in Central Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd for the 21st annual “National Night Out” gathering.

The Police Department, Schenectady County Health Department, American Red Cross, and the Schenectady Citizen Corps will have exhibits and demonstrations at the event. Several community leaders will also be speaking.

As part of Tuesday evening’s “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” Schenectady residents are requested to turn on their outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with their neighbors.

The event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and will involve over 9,800 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and military bases around the world. More than 33 million people worldwide are expected to participate.

“National Night Out” is designed to:
1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts
3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
4) send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.