Charles County Sheriff’s Office Gearing Up For National Night Out 2004

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office, citizens and businesses will demonstrate their unity and commitment in the fight against crime on August 3 as Charles County celebrates the 21st annual National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m.

Charles County has been nationally recognized since 1988 for its participation in National Night Out and, with 110 neighborhoods registered so far, the County will surpass last year’s participation record of 109 neighborhoods. There are various ways citizens participate in the event; some host block parties, pool parties, cookouts and other such events. Others simply leave their porch lights on. But no matter how they participate, their purpose remains the same: to send a strong message to criminals that crime is not tolerated in Charles County. Children between the ages of four and 12 are invited to participate in a coloring contest sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office. Entries are available from neighborhood coordinators and from several local businesses. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at a later date and prizes will be awarded.

For the second year, the Sheriff’s Office is inviting businesses to participate in the event. The Burger King restaurants in La Plata and Bryans Road and on Smallwood Drive in Waldorf will give away cookies. Each branch of the Community Bank of Tri County, as well as Lefty’s Bar-B-Q, Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation and Old Country Buffet, will serve as coloring contest depots. Many other businesses have volunteered to display banners or messages on their marquees to sponsor the event.

Citizens and businesses interested in participating in National Night Out can call Margie Meek, community organizer for the Sheriff’s Office, at 301-932-3080.

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