EDVA will participate in community events during a national evening | USAO-EDVA
RICHMOND, Virginia – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) will join community organizers, neighbors and law enforcement partners to participate in National Night events tonight , August 3. During this year’s National Night, Acting US Attorney Raj Parekh will attend community events in the Richmond area with Richmond Police Chief Gerald M. Smith.
âKeeping our communities safe is a top priority for the Justice Department, as is state, local and tribal police services across the country,â said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. âLaw enforcement is most effective when it has the trust and support of the communities it serves. This is why events like National Night Out are so important and effective; they help bridge the gap between neighbors and their police services in a positive and informal setting.
âAttending community events and building trust and friendship with the residents we serve are critical to our crime reduction efforts in the Eastern District of Virginia,â Acting U.S. Attorney Raj said Parekh. âWe are committed to working closely with our communities to keep our neighborhoods safe, eliminate injustices, and protect civil rights and civil liberties. When we stand together with our neighbors to look out for one another, we can make meaningful and lasting improvements in the safety of our cities and streets. “
National Night Out is a community development and crime prevention program that fosters partnerships and camaraderie between law enforcement and the communities they serve to make our neighborhoods safer places to live. National Night Out was established in 1984 with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the United States Department of Justice. The program is administered by the National Association of Town Watch, a national nonprofit organization.
During National Night, community involvement in crime prevention is generated through a variety of local events that help strengthen the spirit and unity of the neighborhood, such as block parties, barbecues, festivals, parades, safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, emergency personnel tours, and more. National Night Out sends a message that neighbors are united and working together to keep their communities and others safe.
This year, the organizers of National Night Out expect more than 16,000 communities and millions of people in 50 states, U.S. territories, and military bases around the world to participate in community events. The program ends each year on the first Tuesday in August in most parts of the country.
EDVA staff members were encouraged to participate in community events held in or around the news divisions of Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport. For more information, visit https://natw.org/ or click on each of the previous links for examples of national evening events held in the Eastern District of Virginia.
A copy of this press release can be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.