"National Night Out" draws dozens in 30th anniversary

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 10:47pm

Dozens turned out for local National Night Out and many people across the country took part in the event.

The idea to involve the community in crime prevention activities started about 30 years ago, and sheriff, police and neighborhood organizations across the country host this event the first Tuesday of every August.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office offered a wide variety of ways to have fun.

"People always ask us what makes El Paso such a safe community, and this certainly is a key component," said Sheriff Richard Wiles. "There's a lot of citizens, law-abiding citizens, and we're really dependent on them to call us and communicate with us when they see suspicious activity," he said.

The El Paso and Las Cruces police departments also celebrated in National Night Out with members of the community.

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