Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Communities lend support to police

Crime-fighting efforts commemorated

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hundreds of Tristate residents joined a nationwide anti-crime event Tuesday.

(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        It was the 17th annual National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by local law enforcement agencies across the country.

        The event is designed to generate support for local anti-crime initiatives and strengthen neighborhood spirit as well as public cooperation with local police. It also sends a message to criminals that illegal activity will not be tolerated, officials said.

        In Forest Park, the 11th annual local celebration opened with a procession of bagpipes and an honor guard parade. It was held at Winton Woods High School nd fea tured dozens of safety displays. The event included entertainment and refreshments.

        In Cincinnati, National Night Out events were held at the Ezzard Charles Apartments along Ezzard Charles Drive. Residents held a picnic and barbecue.

        At the Dempsey pool, 956 Purcell Ave., members of the police District 3 Resource Committee held a hot dog cookout, while officers in District 3, 3201 Warsaw Ave., held a district Open House.

        District 2 police officers combined opening day festivities with National Night Out activities at the newly dedicated Mount Washington Substation, 6229 Beechmont Ave. The new substation was dedicated Tuesday by Mayor Charlie Luken and Police Chief Tom Streicher.

        The Cincinnati Enquirer/JEFF SWINGER Veronica Phelan, 2, (foreground) and her brother Peter, 5, were at the grand opening of the Mount Washington police substation Tuesday evening.


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