Nassau and Suffolk county police are inviting the public to crime-prevention education events that will be hosted at precincts and other locations for the 31st Annual National Night Out on Tuesday evening.

The events are a part of America’s Night Out Against Crime, a community safety event held in more than 16,000 communities nationwide and estimated to include the participation of 37 million people, according to the National Association of Town Watches.

“This is a night to celebrate our neighborhoods and our partnerships with local law enforcement,” Matt Peskin, creator and coordinator of the event, said in a news release. “Neighborhoods and police across America are making a united stand against crime.”

Events include vigils, crime-prevention block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, ice cream socials, neighborhood visits by local police, flashlight walks and neighborhood meetings.

The events are designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate participation in anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships as well as send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Nassau County Schedule:


First Precinct Commanding Officer and police officers will discuss crime prevention and other programs. Veterans Memorial Park, East Meadow Avenue and Prospect Avenue, East Meadow, 7-9 p.m.

First Precinct Supervisor and police officers will discuss crime prevention and other programs. Cow Meadow Park, Main Street, Freeport, 7-9 p.m.

First Precinct lieutenant will be on hand to discuss police-community issues. Uniondale Fire House, 154 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale, 6-9 p.m.

Second Precinct Deputy Inspector and officers attend with one of the antique police vehicles. Cruise Night, Audrey Avenue Oyster Bay, 6-9 p.m.

Third Precinct officers will host a crime/drug prevention event. Program will be geared towards child safety. Town Square, Veterans Memorial Park, Prospect Avenue, East Meadow, 7-9:30 p.m.

Third Precinct officer will lead Children’s Ride for a Safer Williston Park parade. Parade assembles at Broad and Brown streets in Williston Park at 6:30 p.m. Kelleher Field, Williston Park, 6-9:30 p.m. The Neighborhood Watch Block Captains Meeting will meet at Kelleher Field after the parade.

Third Precinct officers will lead a parade that starts at the Salvation Army, 992 Prospect Ave., New Cassel at 5 p.m. The parade will head west on Prospect Ave, south on Urban Avenue, west on Broadway and turn into Bunky Reid Park. Parade to be followed by a fair at 6 p.m.

Music and festival in the park. Meet Third Precinct police officials. Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters Park, Grace Avenue, Great Neck Plaza, 6-9:30 p.m.

Fourth Precinct police officers will attend with Crime Prevention literature for distribution and K-9 officers will perform a brief demonstration. Cedarhurst Park, Cedarhurst and Summit avenues, 6-8 p.m.

Fourth Precinct police officers will be providing crime prevention literature. Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream and Dutch Broadway School in Elmont. 7-9 p.m.

Seventh Precinct officers will distribute crime prevention pamphlets and other items at Town of Oyster Bay Summer Concert. John Burns Park, Merrick Road, Massapequa, 6-11 p.m.

Hempstead police officers teach crime prevention at an event featuring a bounce house, displays of firefighting and police equipment, distribution of “Child Safe” cards with children’s fingerprints, face-painting, music, public safety information and refreshments. Denton Green Park, 116 Nichols Court, Hempstead, 5-8 p.m.

Suffolk County Schedule:

First Precinct
Wyandanch Park
792 Mount Ave., Wyandanch
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Second Precinct
Manor Field Park
East 5th Street, Huntington Station
5p.m. to 8 p.m.

Third Precinct
Target Store parking lot
838 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fourth Precinct
Target Store parking lot
98 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Commack
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fifth Precinct
Martha Avenue Park
Martha Avenue, North Bellport
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sixth Precinct
Target Store parking lot
2975 Horseblock Rd., Medford
5p.m. to 8p.m.

Seventh Precinct
Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley
5 p.m.


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