Published: Aug 03, 2010 3:52 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 03, 2010 12:52 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 the Fort Myers Police Department and neighborhoods throughout the City will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "27th Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by FMPD, will involve over 9,800 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. Last year more than 36 million people participated in America's night out against crime.

National Night Out is designed to:

1. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

2. Generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts.

3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships.

4. Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Residents are asked to turn on outside lights from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and spend the evening outside celebrating the partnerships between neighbors and police. Many local neighborhoods planned special events such as block parties and cookouts, with visits from police, community leaders, and other supporting organizations:


The main event and anticrime march will be held at the U-Save parking lot on Palm Beach Boulevard. This event includes nine of the City's neighborhood watch groups. The anticrime march will begin at Woodside Avenue at 4:00 p.m. and end in the U-Save parking lot where vendors will be setup to help the City's celebration.


Other events include:

Dunbar Park

Habitat Beecher Village

Velasco Village

Golf Stream Isles

Edison Restaurant

Elite Electric

Horizons Apartments