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West Valley receives national award for ‘Night Out” events

Thursday, January 17, 20131199 views

                West Valley City recently won national recognition for the ninth consecutive year for its efforts in the 2012 National Night Out Against Crime event.

Cities throughout the country who demonstrated exceptional efforts in leading and hosting National Night Out events were given the award by the National Association of Town Watch.

“This is a great honor for the city as well as for all of the sponsors and organizers who helped bring everything together,” West Valley’s Assistant Director of Public Relations and Neighborhood Services Craig Thomas said.

On the day of the Aug. 6 “night out,” West Valley hosted a huge kickoff event at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center that included informational booths, police presentations and popular bounce houses. At the same time, the city also supported the efforts of 22 communities in West Valley to host their own “block parties” aimed at increasing crime prevention at the neighborhood level.

The Night Out efforts also included a police safety fair, a family safety fair and a senior safety fair.

“It was a lot of work, but it is honestly my favorite thing that I do here all year,” Thomas said. “It is an important effort for the community to step up and take a stand against crime.”

West Valley has been participating in the national program since it was founded 29 years ago. According to the National Association of Town Watch, more than 37 million people take part in National Night Out activities each year.

It is estimated that more than 8,000 West Valley residents took part in the different 2012 Night Out events.

After earning this ninth consecutive award, Thomas is excited to try and make 2013’s event even bigger and better.

“We are always looking for ways to improve and to get more people involved,” he said. “We would love to have more communities organize Night Out events and to have more programs and information to help people know how to keep their neighborhood crime free.”

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