CROWDS FILL DOWNTOWN FOR ANNUAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
August 5, 2009
Over 2000 people came to Festival Square in downtown Middletown last night for the 26th annual Night Out Against Crime. The event is done in partnership with Middletown's Citywide Neighborhood Watch, led by its President Risa Himaras. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Other sponsors included the Middletown Business Improvement District, Middletown Cares Coalition, Entergy, Middletown Lions Club and Schwans.
“The Night Out is a reminder that the community’s resolve is stronger than any criminal influence, said Middletown Police Chief Matthew Byrne. “I want to thank the Middletown City Wide Neighborhood Watch President Risa Himaras and our Community Policing Unit Sergeant Joseph Tobin for helping to organize this successful event.”
The amount of officers participating in community policing is unprecedented in the history of the City of Middletown. This event is just a part of the extensive community policing program the police department conducts in addition to a Neighborhood Enhancement Officer, and multiple downtown bicycle and walking officers.
The City of Middletown Police Department, which is the second largest police department in Orange County, started serving the residents of Middletown in 1888.