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National Night Out

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 3:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 3:51 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley area residents can enjoy the mild summer weather while learning about crime prevention during the National Night Out public safety program in Spring Valley.

On Monday, Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston said this is the 20th year for the National Night Out event in the Spring Valley community. This year’s annual event begins at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, and runs until 8 p.m. The annual event is a great opportunity for families and neighbors to learn more about what can be done to help prevent crime in their community, he said.

‘We want to let the community know it is a partner with us in keeping our town safe,” Sangston said.

Tonight’s activities include free swimming from 5 to 6 p.m. and free food beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be a bounce house and free games and prizes provided by the Peru Target store. The evening will also include a police K-9 team demonstration. The 10/33 ambulance and Bureau County Sheriff’s Department mobile command center will be on site. Weather permitting, a LifeFlight helicopter will land on the baseball diamond at Kirby Park, Sangston said.

In addition to the fun, games and free food, there will be a lot of free brochures and materials available to residents on all kinds of crime prevention topics, including drug awareness and synthetic drugs, stranger danger, theft prevention, and Spring Valley’s storm ready program. Sangston said the evening will be a good chance for families to meet their police officers and for kids to learn about the kinds of things policemen do.

The National Night Out program is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and Target stores. Locally the Spring Valley Police Department sponsors the local program with the assistance of Project Success of Eastern Bureau County.

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