Sheriff's Office News Releases
National Night Out-Tuesday, October 4
Osceola County, Florida – On Tuesday, October 4, neighborhoods across Osceola County will celebrate National Night Out (NNO), a crime and drug prevention event. Typically held in August, many southern states have begun coordinating this event in October to take advantage of the cooler weather.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to turn on an outside light from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to support the campaign. This year, Osceola County neighborhood watch programs in Bella Trae, Fountains of San Remo, Remington and Sherwood Forest will participate by providing activities for their residents. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit will make an appearance at various communities by flying over and “shining a light” at these neighborhood events.
The purpose of this event is to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“This is a night for citizens to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of law enforcement-community partnerships and citizen involvement to build safer neighborhoods.”
National Night Out began in 1984 to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, law enforcement-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Thirty two years ago, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. Today, it has grown to more than 38 million people and 16,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.