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Legislators Comment on National Night Out Anti-Crime Event

“Neighborhood Crime Watch helps keep Anchorage safe”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 2, 2010

Today, Representatives Bob Buch and Max Gruenberg (both D-Anchorage) voiced their support for neighborhood crime reduction efforts and the event, National Night Out 2010, which raises awareness for local programs and celebrate their successes.

“Neighborhood Crime Watch builds camaraderie in our communities, strengthens relationships between neighborhoods and the police, and helps keep our neighborhoods safe,” said Rep. Buch. “It’s a great way for neighbors to help each other, and I hope Anchorage will turn out tomorrow night to show its support for the program and to learn more about how to put it to work across the city.”

“National Night Out is a great way for our community to show criminals we’re not afraid to lock our doors and come out at night to celebrate together,” said Rep. Gruenberg. “I am proud that Mountain View is again hosting this event.”

Last year, over 36 million people in 14,625 communities from all 50 states participated in National Night Out 2009. According to the event’s national organizer, National Association of town Watch, the event is part of a year-long community building campaign designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out Anchorage will be August 3 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at William Lyons Park behind the Mountain View Community Center at Peterkin St. and Price St. in Mountain View. The event will include a block party, information booths and lots of fun for all ages.

Last session, Rep. Buch led efforts to secure a $40,000 state grant to help the Anchorage Police Department cover promotional materials, equipment and personnel costs necessary to expand Neighborhood Crime Watch in Anchorage.  Rep. Gruenberg and Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) secured $12,000 in grants for the Mountain View Community Patrol to refurbish patrol vehicles and $2500 for the Russian Jack Community Patrol.

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