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National Night Out draws small crowd
Brandi Huerd (wearing red shirt) helps a group of children create bottles sand art during Saturday's event. Huerd is a member of the YMCA Teen Achievers program. Fingerprint.tiif - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The sun peeked out from the clouds and cast its warmth on a small group people who showed up for the National Night Out celebration Saturday afternoon in Bradwell Park.
Saturday's event was a precursor to the official National Night Out that took place in cities throughout the United States Tuesday evening.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention, generate support and collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, increase police-community partnerships, neighborhood watch programs, and anti-crime programs, and send a message to criminals the community will be vigilant and fight back.
Introduced by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit crime prevention organization, in 1984, the first National Night Out had 400 communities in 23 states and 2.5 million people participate.
Since then the campaign has grown and last year around 35.2 million people participated from all 50 states.
Saturday's event at Bradwell Park was filled with booths that provided information on crime prevention and keeping family's safe and secure.

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