WARREN - Promoting safety while having fun was the message of the annual National Night Out held Tuesday across the country, with events held locally in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
In Warren, residents of the Warren Heights community heard from police and fire officials on being safe in their homes, neighborhoods and communities. Food, games and musical entertainment also were featured.
Similar events were also held in Austintown, Hubbard and Youngstown.
National Night Out is the nation's night out against crime. It is a designated evening when communities across America come together to take a stand against crime, drugs and disorder in neighborhoods.
The anti-crime effort started in 1984, and events are held across the country to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and send out the message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Jynelle Richardson, property manager at Warren Heights, said the neighborhood is partnerning with members of local law enforcement agencies to affirm conviction against crime and disorder in the community,
Promoting safety while having fun was the message of the annual National Night Out held Tuesday across the country, with events held locally in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. Above, Warren Police Sgt. Greg Coleman shows ‘‘Maxx,’’ a K-9 unit for the police department, during the National Night Out event held Tuesday in Warren. Coleman and patrolman Michael Edwards with his K-9 ‘‘Czar’’’ demonstrated what the dogs do to help police.
Photo by Bob Coupland
''Everyone here is encouraged to join with their neighbors and enjoy our party to build neighborhood spirit and unity which is the first defense against crime,'' she said.
Marsha Johnson, service coordinator at the Warren Heights facility, said the management felt the event was important to hold so residents are aware and how to be safe.
Warren police officers Greg Coleman and Mike Edwards brought their K-9 units ''Maxx'' and ''Czar" to the event and explained how the dogs work each day with police in combating crime
Lt. Dan Mason of the police department spoke to the residents about being safe in their homes and neighborhoods.
Nancy Mills, a parent, said it is important that children and adults be safe and know the police and fire are there to help.
Kim Kelly, who has been a resident for eight years in Warren Heights, said because of awareness the area is safe.
Youngstown held a parade and picnic at Wick Park.
In Hubbard, law enforcement took part in a softball contest in Harding Park. There also was a car show, raffles and giveaways at Harding Park.
Austintown held its event at the township park with music, classic cars, safety vehicles, safety demonstrations and child identification by police.
Across the country, An estimated 37 million people participated in National Night Out events.