BCSO set for its NNO festivity
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Sep 30, 2013 | 571 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will host its National Night Out on Tuesday evening after joining a number of other Tennessee communities in postponing the annual festivity.

The decision was based on the region’s past history of hot, stifling summer temperatures.

This is the second year BCSO has held the event in the fall and last year’s was packed with residents as well as crucial information.

Tuesday night’s BCSO National Night Out has been tagged “Gathering of the Watches.”

The “gathering” is aimed at bringing together the many Neighborhood Watch groups as well as those residents of Bradley County who are not affiliated with a group, but want to learn more about the effective program, according to Lt. Bob Hancock of BCSO.

Residents will meet at North Cleveland Church of God’s Dale Hughes gymnasium, beginning at 7 p.m.

“Anyone seeking to make their home, neighborhood and Bradley County a safer place to live is encouraged to attend,” Hancock said.

BCSO partners with the GRAAB Coalition to hold the event. GRAAB is a familiar acronym for Going Respectively Against Addictive Behaviors.

Public safety officials as well as representatives of GRAAB, Court Appointed Special Advocates and others are expected to be in attendance.

Refreshments will be provided, according to Hancock.

A number of public safety vendors will also be on hand to offer information.

The event is free to the public.

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 will participate this year.

For additional information, contact Hancock at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office at 728-7300.