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NCCU Police Host National Night Out at Cornwallis


The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Police Department, Durham Police Department and Durham Housing Authority are coming together to celebrate the 34th Annual National Night Out — America’s Night Out Against Crime — on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m., in the McDougald Terrace and Cornwallis Road communities near NCCU.

National Night Out is part of a national community building campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and generate support for local anti-crime programs. The annual event is also intended to strengthen neighborhood/police partnerships, and let criminals know residents are organized and fighting back.

“National Night Out is a great event to interact with community members to promote community involvement and safer neighborhoods,” said Connie M. Bullock, NCCU interim police chief and director of Public Safety. “The event provides an opportunity to build relationships between residents and police officers and help the public learn more about crime prevention and law enforcement.”

The partnering organizations will promote police-community alliances in areas including crime prevention, drug and violence prevention, public safety and neighborhood unity. The rallies will take place at Burton Park, 1100 Sima Ave., and Cornwallis Road Community, 3000 Weaver St. NCCU students are volunteering for the National Night Out activities, which are free and open to the public.

Sponsors of the Durham events include Sodexho, Target and World Overcomers Christian Church. Community partners and vendors include the Durham County Health Department, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Alliance Behavioral Health, NAMI National Alliance on Mental Health, Durham Technical Community College, Men of Vision and the Durham Crisis Response Center, all of which will have representatives on site.

For more information regarding National Night Out at McDougald Terrace, please contact Detective Bryant Hernandez at bhernandez@nccu.edu or 919-530-7365. For information on National Night Out at Cornwallis Road, please contact Detective Cheryl Geiger at cgeiger@nccu.edu or 919-530-6814.

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