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National Night Out Against Crime set for August 2

National Night Out Against Crime set for August 2

Deadline to organize a block party is Friday, July 22

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will once again be participating in the National Night Out Against Crime scheduled for Tuesday, August 2.

This marks the 33rd annual nationwide event, and Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding citizens that there is still time to sign up to host a “block party” for their neighborhood from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that evening.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be attending these block parties throughout the parish to meet community members to discuss crime prevention and any other concerns.

Explorers from POST 323 will also be conducting fingerprinting and DNA swabbing in some areas, and hot dogs, soft drinks and other refreshments will be provided at each of the block parties.

Anyone interested in hosting a block party is asked to contact Lieutenant Valerie Martinez at (985) 449-4479 or via email at The deadline to contact Lt. Martinez to organize a block party is Friday, July 22.

National Night Out is a yearlong community building campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Approximately 38 million people from more than 16,000 communities across the nation participate in the annual event.

The first National Night Out took place on August 7, 1984 and was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch which continues to spearhead the event today.