National Night Out noted in Maplewood, North St. Paul

Lane Heinsinger gets fingerprinted by North St. Paul Police Reserves for a child ID kit to take home at the 2012 National Night Out event at Christ Lutheran Church.

Christ Lutheran Church pastor Matt Hennig gets soaked during his shift at the dunk tank during their annual National Night Out celebration.  Food, face and hair painting, inflatables, games and visits with police and firefighters were part of the event.

Jayda Flor celebrates completing the obstacle course inflatable before another young competitor.

National Night OUT, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will involve over 15,704 communities from all 50 states , U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.  In all, over 37.5 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime."

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
In Maplewood, from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6, residents are asked to lock the doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout the city will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, mini carnivals and visits from police and fire personnel. 

The Maplewood Police Department invites all communities, neighborhoods, churches and business to organize a block party and register for this years 2013 National Night Out event, call 651-249-2700.

In North St. Paul, the Police Department and Fire Department consider National Night Out an opportunity to build relationships between neighbors and build a relationship with law enforcement and fire protection.

The annual event gives residents an opportunity to host block parties, get outdoors and meet their neighbors. Residents can request a visit from the police department and fire department. For more information visit or call Jessica at 651-747-2585.

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