Celebrating safety

National Night Out brings neighbors, law enforcement together
By: Anne Stokes, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Neighbors all over Roseville came together Tuesday night for National Night Out, an annual event intended to promote crime-prevention efforts and build relationships between communities and law enforcement. Since its inception in 1984, National Night Out has come to include 37 million people in 15,000 communities in all 50 states.

Several Roseville communities participated this year with block parties, potlucks and visits from Roseville's police and fire departments.

"We need to get to know each other, come out of our homes and get to know our neighbors so we can watch out for each other and reduce crime," said Marge Wallace, secretary for Cresthaven Neighborhood Association. "So if you see something going on at your neighbor's house and you know they're not home or there's something bad going on, then you should step up and call the police and activate your neighborhood to help."

"National Night Out is about building a relationship between communities and law enforcement," said Roseville Police Sergeant Josh Simon. "We can't do our jobs alone — it's a partnership. In order for us to make Roseville a safe community for everybody to live in, we have to do it in partnership with the people who live in the community."