July 24, 2013

National Night Out events scheduled county-wide

Officers visit with the community at last year's Key Largo event.
On Tuesday, August 6th, the Sheriff's Office will sponsor National Night Out events in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. 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 Rick Ramsay. “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 6th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Key Largo Community Park located at the 99mm of Highway U.S. One. Captain Don Fanelli and Lieutenant Mitch Horn 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 National Night Out event will be held at Founder’s Park in Islamorada Tuesday, August 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. Captain Corey Bryan and Lt. Derek Paul invite everyone to join them and have some fun. Visit with members of the Sheriff’s Office, Islamorada Fire/Rescue and other public safety and community groups. There will be free food, music and refreshments.

The Marathon event will be held on Tuesday, August 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marathon Community Park. Captain Chad Scibilia, Lt. Bruce Winegarden and Lt. Nancy Alvarez invite everyone to join them and have some fun. There will be free food and refreshments, and residents will be able to visit many law enforcement, public safety and community groups at the event. The Masonic Lodge Child ID trailer will be on hand, along with the Blood Mobile.  The Sheriff’s Office will also partner with local Rotary clubs and the UNITED WAY at National Night Out for the annual Stuff the Bus campaign, collecting school supplies for needy Monroe County students.

The Lower Keys Sheriff’s Office will hold a National Night Out event at Bernstein Park on Stock Island, Tuesday, August 6th  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. A wide variety of law enforcement and other public safety agencies will be on hand as well.

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