Neighborhoods throughout Culpeper, alongside the Town of Culpeper Police Department, will
be joining forces to help celebrate the 33rd annual “National Night Out”. The nationwide initiative
will be held on Tuesday, August 2.
“National Night Out”, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to: (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) Generate support for, and the participation in, local anticrime programs,
(3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
All residents throughout Culpeper are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend
the evening outside with neighbors and police from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Many neighborhoods
throughout Culpeper will be holding events such as cookouts, block parties, ice cream socials,
walks, youth activities, and visits from the Culpeper Police Department. Some of the planned
neighborhood events will start as early as 4 p.m.
“All citizens are asked to join us in celebrating our community. The goal of this event is to
promote relationship building between the citizens, businesses, and law enforcement. Crime
prevention is a joint effort; however cooperation makes it truly effective. Even if you cannot
make it to one of the events, please join in support of the evening by turning on your porch
lights,” says Lieutenant Jeff Dodson of the Culpeper Police Department.
“National Night Out” is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, or NATW, and is
locally co-sponsored by the Culpeper Police Department. National corporate sponsors for this
event are Nextdoor.com, ADT, Associa, and Ring. In Culpeper, two local business sponsors
are active in assisting several watch groups, Target, Comcast, and Subway.
NATW expects “National Night Out” 2016 to be the larger than ever. In 2015, 38.3 million people in over 15,728 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide participated in “National Night Out”.
“National Night Out is an opportunity to promote awareness and safety in the Town of Culpeper.
Building a strong relationship with the community is the most effective way to combat crime,”
says Chief Chris Jenkins.
The local neighborhood watch groups that are hosting events on this night are:
South West Street Lakeview
Pelham’s Reach Belle Parc
Willow Shade Culpeper Commons
Southridge High Point
South East Street Culpeper House
Franklin Meadows Depot District
Dog Hill Westbrooke
Madison Grove Highview Court
Picadilly Circus Garr Avenue
Stone Chase The Meadows
There are also four business watch groups and their respective merchants that will be displaying red, white, and blue balloons outside of their business. Several will, also, be giving customers crime prevention bags filled with crime prevention materials and other “goodies.”
These groups include Downtown Davis Street, Meadowbrook Shopping Center, Dominion
Square, and the Culpeper Colonnade.
Chief Chris Jenkins’ hope is that, “All citizens are able to take part in this great community
For more information or to register your neighborhood, go to the “National Night Out” event
page website at www.natw.org . To learn more about the event or how you can participate in
Culpeper, contact Sergeant Norma McGuckin at (540) 829-5580 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police assist with more community events on Saturday
Captain Tim Chilton of the Culpeper Police Department is busier than usual these days. Known for his affinity to make things happen in the community he is often tapped to help get the word out about events happening particularly when it involves the police department.
With school starting in a little over a week, one event that draws hundreds of youngsters will take place this Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the State Theatre located at 305 S. Main Street. Back to School Jam is sponsored by The Health Ministry of Antioch Baptist Church of Culpeper and will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to two guest speakers, they will be giving away school supplies and gifts. If you’d like to donate, you can drop off supplies at the church.
“This is a great event,” says Chilton, “and available to any child.” Feel free to contact Pastor Adrian Sledge at (540) 825-2768.
Chilton has a good friend in Fredericksburg who is involved with the Brightest Light Project.
Another way to connect with community in a caring way, you can learn more about them on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Yowell Meadow Park where free hot dogs and chips will be served along with fun, family time.
“Antioch is involved with this one as well as Erick Kalenga from His Village Church,” says Chilton who says it’s a good event, to come hungry, and share in fellowship.
A first-time movie night event will take place Saturday at Bell Court sponsored by Lifepoint Church. An inflatable movie screen will provide the viewing fun. Lifepoint Church holds services out of Eastern View High School. Lt. Al Cooper is involved with this one and it promises to be a family, friendly and fun time.