Sheriff’s Office wins national award

By: Staff report
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The Placer County Sheriff’s Office was recently recognized on a national level for one of its community outreach events. For the second year in a row, the Sheriff’s Office was honored for hosting one of the best National Night Out events in the U.S. in 2010, placing in the top 15 with such cities as Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Palm Beach. National Night Out is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday of August, when first-responders caravan in emergency vehicles to dozens of Placer County neighborhoods. They visit established Neighborhood Watch groups, which hold ice cream socials, barbecues and all sorts of get-togethers. Dedicated members of all the Neighborhood Watch groups throughout Placer County are given credit for the department’s win. “The commitment these neighbors have shown by taking control of their neighborhoods and watching out for each other is the reason we earned national recognition again,” said Sheriff Ed Bonner. Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison, a National Night Out coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office, said that despite the ongoing economic downturn, neighbors continue to stay involved and, in fact, the number of Neighborhood Watch groups grew in 2010. “National Night Out continues to benefit crime prevention as a whole through awareness and community involvement,” Harrison said. “National Night Out celebrates and solidifies community-law enforcement partnerships.” ~ Staff report