June 28, 2016

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Wadsworth police invite residents to have a Night Out

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth Police Department’s seventh National Night Out is 6 to 8:30 tonight in the Target parking lot, 1183 Williams Reserve Blvd.

Safety vehicles from police, fire, EMS and the Medina County All Hazards Team will be on display as well as Metro LifeFlight’s helicopter.

Fingerprinting for children, hot dogs, chips and water will be provided by the Target staff.

National Night Out was introduced in 1984 by Matt Peskin, then the executive director of the National Association of Town Watch.

Town Watch is a nonprofit organization started in 1981 and dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime-prevention programs, including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups and individuals devoted to safer communities.

The first National Night Out was Aug. 7, 1984, and 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. National Night Out now involves more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

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