Monday, August 1, 2011

National Night Out Combines Family Fun With Safety

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for a big “Night” on the town.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, CCSO will join forces with neighborhoods and communities across Collier County for the 28th annual National Night Out.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

CCSO is celebrating the fight against crime by hosting free events and activities that bring neighborhoods, communities, businesses, and law enforcement together. There will be an array of CCSO displays, demonstrations and information. There will also be safety festivals at community parks and other locales, cookouts, lemonade stands, bounce houses, bike rodeos, and basketball contests as well as appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog and more.

Please join us as we let criminals know they are not welcome in Collier County.

Click here to view an interactive map.

Here’s a look at CCSO events and activities planned for Tuesday, Aug. 2:

NORTH NAPLES: Safetyfest, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lot at Lock Up Self Storage, 1025 Piper Blvd. The event will feature public safety displays and demonstrations by the CCSO Bomb Squad, K-9 Unit and SWAT. Participants can also tour the mobile crime scene van. The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children will conduct child fingerprinting and offer free child ID kits. Firefighters from the North Naples Fire Department will also be featured, along with representatives from Collier County Code Enforcement, Collier County Domestic Animal Services, and Collier County Parks and Recreation. Red E. Fox will also be on hand to educate children about 911.

EAST NAPLES: Safetyfest from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive. The event will feature deputies from CCSO’s SWAT unit and Crime Prevention Section and McGruff the Crime Dog. Kids are encouraged to bring their bicycles as deputies, in partnership with Collier County Waste Management, will host a bike rodeo and conduct helmet safety checks. Firefighters from the East Naples Fire Department will be on hand, along with representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife. The event will also feature a bounce house, swamp buggies on display and food and refreshments. Drawings will be held where bicycles and gift certificates are among the items to be given away.

GOLDEN GATE: Safetyfest, Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature free pony rides for kids. Deputies will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and passing out lemonade and other refreshments. There will also be fun give-aways for kids as we; as a sponsored three-point shootout and slam dunk contest. Displays by the Golden Gate Fire District, Golden Gate Civic Association, Golden Gate Task Forces, Collier County Emergency Operations Center and Collier County Code Enforcement will also be featured.

GOLDEN GATE ESTATES: Safetyfest, Florida Forestry Service Ranger Station, southeast corner of Randall Boulevard and Immokalee Road, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Deputies from CCSO will be joined by representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Collier County Code Enforcement, Collier County Domestic Animal Services, Florida Forest Service, Big Corkscrew Fire Department, and Golden Gate Estates Civic Association. Information on topics ranging from indoor marijuana grow houses to panthers, bears and hunting regulations will be available. Smokey Bear will be on hand to dispense fire safety tips. There will also be food and refreshments while supplies last.

EVERGLADES CITY: Safetyfest, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Everglades and Copeland. CCSO and the Area Community Safety Team will install three Neighborhood Watch signs.

**Crime Prevention booth, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Everglades City Hall.

**Crime Prevention booth, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., corner of Janes Scenic Drive and Lee Cypess Drive.

IMMOKALEE: Safetyfest, under the pavilion at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Deputies will discuss safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians as well as other crime prevention topics. Deputies will install bicycle safety lights and provide bike helmets as needed. McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand to talk to kids about what to do if approached by a stranger. Representatives from the Center For Missing & Exploited Children will offer child fingerprinting and child ID kits. Firefighters from the Immokalee Fire Department will conduct demonstrations and discuss fire safety. A drawing will be held to give away several new bikes. The event will also feature a child bike rodeo and free food and refreshments.