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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

National Night Out Against Crime

Yesterday, August 7, Bronx Community Solutions participated in an annual event called National Night Out Against Crime.  National Night Out (NNO) is aimed at heightening awareness of crime and drug prevention, generating support for local anticrime programs, strengthening community/police relationships and establishing a visible presence to show that neighborhoods are united and organized in fighting crime.  In last year's event, over 37 million people participated across the U.S.  The Bronx took part in many police precincts borough-wide, hosting block parties and other events for community members, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials. 

This year, NNO in the Bronx was hosted by the 40th Precinct.  BCS stationed an information table at the event and had a small community service crew on site to assist in helping the event run smoothly.  And in the 46th Precinct, BCS Crew Supervisor Moises Reyes led a crew of ADP participants in helping to set up and clean the area.  This was a great way to involve the youth in a community service project that was directly engaged with the community.  MANA, a community program that engages local youths in arts-related projects had a particularly powerful presence, displaying poetry and prints of photographs created by its young members. 

Some pictures from the event can be found below.

Community members gathering at the 46th Precinct NNO event


BCS staff, a local pastor and one of the young artists in front of photographs by local youth members of MANA

BCS Community Service Crew, comprised of ADP clients, setting up for the event in the 40th Precinct

The event in the 40th Precinct was highly attended by community members, local organizations and law enforcement personnel

Many youths from the 40th Precinct area were present and enjoyed taking part in the activities
 More information about NNO can be found here: National Night Out Against Crime

For more information about MANA (Marion Ave Neighborhood Association), click here: MANA

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