Riverhead Town residents are invited to observe this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Individual homeowners may leave outdoor lights on from 7 to 10 p.m. and neighborhoods may participate collectively with block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs.
The event will kick off at the 2 p.m. Riverhead Town Board meeting, during which poster contest winners will be recognized. During the early evening hours, the Riverhead Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and McGruff the Crime Dog will visit participating Neighborhood Watch groups.
National Night Out was created to increase crime and drug awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized to combat crime.
To participate or for information about creating a Neighborhood Watch team, call 727-4500, ext. 273.