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Thousands of D.C. residents are gearing up to join their neighbors, police officers and other community leaders Tuesday evening to celebrate the 34th annual National Night Out.

From community cookouts to open houses — block parties, candlelight vigils and athletic events — D.C.’s activities on Aug. 1, “Night Out Against Crime,” in all seven police districts are designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which takes place on the first Tuesday in August. Each year, the Metropolitan Police Department actively participates in National Night Out by rallying community members throughout the District of Columbia to join with neighbors and police officers in their PSAs to be a part of this annual event.

The National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from 9,500 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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