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|Tuesday is "National Night Out"
|A number of block parties are scheduled for Tuesday evening to celebrate the 26th annual National Night Out.
Some Galesburg residents have already held their celebrations this past weekend for the program designed to bring community residents closer together while fighting crime in their neighborhoods.
Members of the Galesburg Police Department say they will be stopping by the block parties to meet with residents and talk with them about their concerns in their neighborhood and to hear how neighborhood watch programs are operating.
Galesburg Police Sergeant James Bradford, who coordinates Neighborhood Watch programs in town tells WGIL they have started over 130 neighborhood watch groups and they get together not just to discuss crime.
"I would say about a quarter of those groups are active," Bradford said. "And we have regular contact with them. It doesn't necessarily have to be that it's crime-related, it may just be quality of life issues in the neighborhood that we help them with."
Bradford says sometimes people do form the groups to help their neighborhood out but don't formally go through the neighborhood watch program with the City of Galesburg.
Bradford says those groups that do register their efforts with the city, may be eligible for Challenge Grants which are applied for through the city manager's office. The monies shelled out for the program could be used for signage, neighborhood beautification projects or to even cover the costs of the watch parties set up for Tuesday night.
For more information on the National Night Out or how you can participate in a neighborhood watch program with your neighbors, CLICK HERE.
|08 03 09 by Newsroom
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