July 18, 2012

National Night Out Events scheduled county-wide

Members of the Sheriff's Office Traffic Enforcement Unit
speak with citizens who attended one of last year's National
Night Out event.

On August 7th, the Sheriff's Office will sponsor National Night Out events in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and on Big Pine Key. All of the events will feature food, refreshments, and a great chance to meet your neighbors, members of the Sheriff’s Office from a wide variety of divisions, departments and special teams and many others who are involved in the field of public safety here in the Florida Keys.

The goal of National Night Out is to bring the community together to discuss how we can all make our neighborhoods safer and more secure in the future. The Sheriff's Office will have extensive Crime Prevention information to share at the event. Community members will learn how to heighten their crime and drug prevention awareness.

The Sheriff’s Office hopes to generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Everyone participating will send a message to criminals letting them know that Monroe County neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

“This yearly event is an important one for agency. We get the opportunity to meet the people we are charged with serving and protecting,” said Sheriff Bob Peryam. “National Night Out is a lot of fun for us, and for those who attend. I hope everyone will take this opportunity to meet their neighbors, learn about Crime Prevention and meet the deputies who are out there patrolling our community and keeping it safe,” he said.

The Key Largo event will be Tuesday, August 7th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Key Largo Community Park located at the 99mm of Highway U.S. One. Captain Don Fanelli and Lieutenant Derek Paul want to invite the entire community to attend their free event. Members of the Sheriff’s Office will be on hand, along with others from the public safety community; there will be food, refreshments, music and lots of fun.

The Islamorada event will be held at Founder’s Park Tuesday, August 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. Captain Corey Bryan and Lt. Mitch Horn invite everyone to join them and have some fun. Visit with members of the Sheriff’s Office, Islamorada Fire/Rescue, other community groups and enjoy free food, music and refreshments.

The Lower Keys Sheriff’s Office will hold a National Night Out event on Big Pine Key, at Big Pine Community Park, Tuesday, August 7th  from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This event will feature a special appearance by Farmer Jeanne Selander and a selection of animals from the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, Border Patrol, Monroe County Fire Rescue, Key West Fire Department, Key West Police, Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and many others will also be there.

The Marathon event will be held on Tuesday, August 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marathon Community Park. There will be free food and refreshments, and residents will be able to visit with members of the Sheriff’s Office, Marathon Fire/Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and many others in the field of public safety. The Masonic Lodge Child ID trailer will be there, along with the Monroe County Bloodmobile.

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