NNO gets big crowd for event
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 03, 2012 | 682 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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SHERIFF JIM RUTH addressed a crowd of Bradley County residents during the National Night Out festivities Tuesday. The turnout was considered strong as several neighborhoods came together for the event. Banner photos, GREG KAYLOR
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An enthused crowd of communities came together Tuesday evening to celebrate National Night Out. The event was hosted earlier this year by the Cleveland Police Department, but Bradley County Sheriff’s Office officials waited with a number of other counties to host the event when the weather cooled.

It was evident that many of the residents who attended the event held at the North Cleveland Church of God gymnasium, had been those who formed Neighborhood Watch programs in their respective communities.

Sheriff Jim Ruth told the crowd the success of the program was dependant on them and that success had been proven.

One coordinator told the NNO attendees about a “watchful neighbor” in her area.

She said a person wearing a “hoodie” during the heat of the summer was observed taking an ATV and loading it into a truck.

The neighbor followed the suspect’s vehicle and provided critical information to law enforcement as they responded to the call.

The offender was arrested for the theft.

NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.

National Night Out events originated in communities in 1994. According to NNO officials, more than 37 million people now take part in the events which are held in all 50 states. Some 15,000 communities participated this year.

A number of safety and security specialists were also set up to answer questions for residents who attended the event.

Lt. Bob Hancock, who is the coordinator for the Neighborhood Watch program, said the event was successful and was a good tool to get more residents involved in the watch programs.

Anyone wishing to establish a program can contact Hancock at 728-7321, or via e-mail at bhancock@bradleyco.net.