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National Organizations Exceed 100-Site Crime Prevention Milestone

Communities across the country band together to fight crime

Sep 15, 2008

The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) are excited to announce that more than 125 communities across the country will be participating in Celebrate Safe Communities this October. October is Crime Prevention Month.

Earlier this year, NSA and NCPC put out a call for action, encouraging law enforcement agencies and community groups nationwide to join forces and stand up to crime. Communities of all sizes have answered that call, and this October more than 125 sites in 32 states will hold events in an effort to create safer neighborhoods and put a stop to the rising tide of violence.

"It's encouraging to see so many communities getting involved in this initiative," said NCPC President and CEO Alfonso E. Lenhardt. "Safety remains a major concern for too many of America's communities. We are pleased that so many citizens are willing to work together and with local law enforcement to watch out and help out in the fight against crime."

"It's great to see so many communities already embracing Celebrate Safe Communities," said NSA Executive Director Aaron Kennard. "Partnerships between communities and law enforcement are vital to public safety. We are thrilled to see that communities across America are building events to highlight and strengthen those partnerships. We can't wait to see how Celebrate Safe Communities grows from here."

Neighborhoods, schools, local businesses, and law enforcement agencies all over the country have banded together to organize events and activities for Celebrate Safe Communities. Some local initiatives include:

-- Safety fairs, demonstrations, and summits

-- Membership recruitment drives to help launch new Neighborhood Watch groups

  -- Workshops for teens and their parents

  -- Safety camps for children

  -- Neighborhood/block parties

-- Promotion of crime prevention and community safety tips in the local media

  -- Town hall meetings to discuss community safety priorities

  -- Award ceremonies to thank volunteers

  -- And many more

Visit to register your local initiative, learn what others across the country are planning, and download practical tools to help your community get started.

About the National Crime Prevention Council

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. NCPC manages public service advertising under the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign -- symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his "Take A Bite Out Of Crime®" slogan -- and acts as secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, more than 400 national, federal, state, and local organizations representing thousands of constituents who are committed to preventing crime. NCPC is funded through a variety of government agencies, corporate and private foundations, and donations from private individuals. For more information on crime prevention issues, visit

About the National Sheriffs' Association

The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), now in it 68th year, is an organization comprised of 3,084 sheriffs and a membership of over 20,000. NSA is dedicated to raising the level of professionalism in the public safety field. Since its inception, NSA has developed many programs for law enforcement and citizens such as Neighborhood Watch, Triad, and Business Watch. Since 1972, NSA has managed the Neighborhood Watch program and has acted as the primary source for information and technical assistance for local law enforcement agencies on Neighborhood Watch. As the national authority on Neighborhood Watch, NSA plays a vital role in the development and dissemination of training and resources for LEAs to use in training their individual Watch Groups and officers. NSA is trusted by law enforcement and has a long history of representing the nation's sheriffs. For more information on NSA programs and Neighborhood Watch, visit and

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SOURCE: National Crime Prevention Council

CONTACT: Michelle Boykins of the National Crime Prevention Council,
+1-202-261-4184,; or Robbi Woodson, of the National
Sheriffs' Association, + 1-703-836-7827,

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