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Goshen, N.Y. - Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler, Sheriff Paul Arteta, County Clerk Kelly Eskew, and other County officials participated in National Night Out events throughout Orange County on Tuesday, August 1st.
Neuhaus, Hoovler, Arteta, and Eskew visited the Village of Highland Falls, and the Towns of New Windsor, Montgomery, Wallkill and Goshen.
“National Night Out provides another opportunity to support law enforcement and the men and women who protect us every day,” Neuhaus said. “These events bring the community together and give residents a chance to get to know police officers and law enforcement officials in a more relaxed setting. Now more than ever, we need to extend our support to law enforcement, and I was glad to see that each venue attracted a great turnout.”
Added Hoovler: “National Night Out is a great opportunity to meet the public and promote crime prevention and stress the need to support local law enforcement,” Hoovler said. “Public safety starts with the relationship between the police and the public. As District Attorney, I am committed to fostering good communication between our police and our communities.”
National Night Out, which began in 1984, is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to bring communities together and make them safer. It is designed to raise drug and crime prevention awareness, generate support for anti-crime efforts, strengthen community spirit and send a strong message to criminals that crime will not be tolerated. Millions of residents participate in National Night Out events in the U.S. on the first Tuesday in August.
Communities host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and various other community events that include safety demonstrations, seminars, youth activities, visits from emergency personnel, and exhibits.
“I appreciate the importance of National Night Out,” Arteta said. “It provided a wonderful opportunity for engagements and interaction between the public and police agencies that protect and serve us every day.”
“I recognize the importance of National Night Out and it provided a wonderful opportunity for police agencies to engage and interact with the community, and vice versa,” Eskew said. “I was glad that each venue attracted a good turnout and enjoyed speaking with so many residents.”