News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking local neighborhoods to participate in the annual National Night Out in August, a wonderful opportunity for residents and law enforcement to make communities safer.

National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. The event has been held annually since 1984, and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. National Night Out began simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes. The first National Night Out involved 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states; National Night Out 2016 involved 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States.

The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

The events are typically organized by block watches, nonprofit organizations, companies, and police departments. These events can be as simple as backyard cookouts or as complex as full-blown festivals. The South Central Hilltop Block Watch in Columbus organizes one of the largest, which includes live music, food, and entertainment.

Email Cpl. Angela Delozier at for more information on how to get your neighborhood signed up. 

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