County Councilmember Valerie Ervin Joins Residents and Police for National Night Out
Silver Spring Neighborhoods United Against Crime on Aug. 4
ROCKVILLE, Md., August 10, 2009—Montgomery County District 5 Councilmember Valerie Ervin joined Silver Spring residents and the Montgomery County Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 4, as they united against crime on the 26th Annual National Night Out.
The Silver Spring communities of Northwest Park, Avery Park and The Hamptons continued their traditions of hosting National Night Out events. Community events were also held at the Coffield Community Center, the Hillandale Pools and Hampshire West and Chateau, which are properties managed by Southern Management.
The various events had many aspects to attract residents. Montgomery County Police employed a motorcade that moved between community festivities to excite children. Some events included a moon bounce and Captain Donald Johnson, commander of MCPD’s 3rd Police District, handing out tri-glow necklaces. All events included plenty of food.
National Night Out was designed to foster community and good resident-police relations. Many District 5 gatherings were sponsored by Weed and Seed, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Weed and Seed provides more than $1 million in funding over five years to provide law enforcement activities intended to “weed-out” persistent criminal activity and simultaneously “seed-in” human services and community-building programs to cultivate safe and healthy communities.
“This is a wonderful initiative because it doesn’t just address a symptom,” said Councilmember Ervin. “It’s all about prevention and taking a proactive approach to reducing crime.”
The event also promoted resident participation in local projects like neighborhood watch programs, quality of life committees and community engagement programs.
“In many of our communities, neighbors already look out for each other, but National Night Out is a great way to reinforce the importance of residents working with local police officers to deter crime,” said Councilmember Ervin. “County police officers do a tremendous job protecting our residents, but individuals are truly our eyes and ears in the community. National Night Out shows us that by working together, we can accomplish great things.”
For more information about the Weed and Seed Program, please contact Victor Salazar at 301-565-5847.