Lilburn to host its 6th National Night Out

The Lilburn Police Department will celebrate the sixth annual National Night Out 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Lilburn City Park.

Lilburn's National Night Out is organized in partnership with non-profit SafetySmart Lilburn, Inc. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet staff from local police, fire, and other public safety agencies, who will share personal and community safety tips. Various types of cars, trucks, and equipment will be on display. More than 70 participating vendors will bring community resources, knowledge, information, food, activities, health and vision screening to the public. The evening will end with police canine demonstrations from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Lilburn's 2014 National Night Out was awarded 40th place out of 244 cities nationwide by the National Association of Town Watch. The national awards program honors registered cities, military bases, and various communities on participation and success of their National Night Out efforts. Lilburn placed in the top 17 percent of entries in the category for areas with a population of less than 15,000.

National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, and generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs. The event also aims to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. On the second Tuesday in August each year, more than 16,000 communities around the U.S. and Canada come together to celebrate this event.

Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said, "National Night Out creates a safer Lilburn by building strong partnerships between the police and the community. We invite the public to come enjoy the event on Aug. 4."