Many agencies have experienced declines in attendance, which is partly due to the temperatures and humidity that accompany the early part of August.
Since many of these events are outdoors, this year several states and organizations, including the National Association Chiefs of Police opted to change the date to a time when the weather would be more conducive to outdoor events. They chose Tuesday.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has adopted this date for an event that acknowledges the partnership the BCSO has with neighborhoods taking an active role to prevent crime.
Lt. Bob Hancock, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, has planned a number of special activities to be held at the gymnasium of North Cleveland Church of God on northeast 11th Street from 7 to 9 p.m.
Anyone wishing to attend is welcome, but Hancock is giving a special invitation to families that reside in the approximately 50 communities where active watch groups are in place.
Refreshments will be provided. Hancock has arranged to have several vendors present to explain the latest in home security technology; information will be available on some of the ways to make your home safer, and door prizes awarded.
Homes participating in Neighborhood Watch will have available stickers to place near entrances that warn intruders of your support of the program.
Hancock has assisted in organizing watch groups in the city of Cleveland and outside the city in Bradley County. He can be reached at 728-7321.