National Night Out for Boston is a citywide celebration that cultivates and strengthens partnerships between the community, youth, police, city agencies and community-based organizations. The event also acknowledges the contributions that Neighborhood Watch groups make to Boston's safety and it fosters community participation.
The Boston Police Neighborhood Watch Unit in conjunction with the City of Boston and Target will host the 28th annual National Night Out at the University of Massachusetts Boston Harbor Campus on Tuesday, August 2nd from 5-8pm. Guests will enjoy free music, food, athletic games, moon bounces, and more! The event will celebrate and promote the community and police officer partnerships which help decrease crime throughout Boston.
The Boston Police Neighborhood Watch Unit in conjunction with the City of Boston hosted the fourth annual National Night Out 2010 at the Franklin Park Zoo on Tuesday, August 3rd from 5-8pm. Guests enjoyed free admission to the Zoo, food, and entertainment from local band Zili Misik and Estrellas Tropicales. The event celebrated the community and police officers who help decrease crime throughout Boston.
The 26th annual National Night Out in Boston, took place on August 4, 2009. Each of Boston's 11 police districts hosted a celebration. Boston's largest Night Out celebration of the evening was at the Elma Lewis Playhouse located at The Franklin Park Zoo. Roughly 10,000 people attended the event, in which the theme was "Street Safe Boston." Many local businesses and organizations were also out there serving food and refreshments, providing activities, and entertaining the crowd. The 2009 event also coordinated a poster contest, in which over 400 posters were submitted and 15 local schools participated in.
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The winner of the 2009 Crime Fighter of the Year, was Thaddeus Miles. His dedication to serving his community through his efforts with Mass Housing as Director of Security, has helped many individuals and families stay safe, and active against crime within their housing and community for many years.
The 25th anniversary of Boston's National Night Out at occurred on August 5, 2008. Themed "The Power of Neighbors", the event brought in 12,318 people together for a night of safe, community fun, networking and collaboration between the police and community. The ReadBoston Storytelling van was out in full force, while groups such as MTV's Best Dance Crew, Status Quo and local double dutch team "Swirls" provided some of the evening's entertainment. Target, and Coca Cola were among those that provided giveways and refreshments.
Mayor Menino, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, presented Renea Eliassaint with the 2008 Crime Fighter of the Year award. As a former Social Services Coordinator for Dorchester Bay Economic Corportation, Ms Eliassaint has worked with area B-2 police officers as part of various neighborhood crime watch groups for the past 10 years.
National Night Out 2007 in Boston was a month-long celebration that generated massive crowds at events including "National Night Out Name Tag Day at Fenway Park," Open Houses in all eleven Police Districts, a Poster Contest in the schools and after-school programs, and a Poster Contest Awards Luncheon. The celebration culminated in Boston's largest ever single National Night Out Celebration honoring Boston's Top Ten Crime Watch Groups and the Crime Fighter of the Year. Also in 2007, the themed celebration "Unity Through Community" concluded when organizers welcomed Mayor Thomas M. Menino and our new Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis to Boston's historic Franklin Park Zoo to present awards before a crowd of 8,000 National Night Out celebrators. In addition to these large events, the people of Boston held more than 150 individual neighborhood block parties.
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Michael Kozu is the recepient of the 2007 Crime Fighter award. Michael has been the Project RIGHT Grove Hall Safe Neighborhood Initiative community coordinator for more than ten years. He has been the key staff person for this public safety/neighborhood restoration partnership, while also organizing residents and community representatives on neighborhood issues. Michael has forged an alliance of trust and commitment between crime watch members and the police officers from District B-2 and the Youth Violence Strike Force.
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