The Coon Rapids Police Department is gearing up for its annual Night to Unite event Tuesday, Aug. 6.
This year’s theme is “All Things Online,” which focuses on the city’s new online crime mapping, Internet safety, identity theft and social media features.
Night to Unite is a program that joins neighbors together in the fight against crime.
Police officers and firefighters will visit the neighborhood gatherings that register their event with the police department.
Neighborhood gatherings often begin at 5:30 p.m. but it is up to each individual group to set start and finish times.
Specifically, Night to Unite is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
• Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs.
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Night to Unite features a variety of activities that include block parties, cookouts and parades.
Police officers and firefighters will be handing out stickers and other items to children at all the Night to Unite gatherings they attend.
The police department is taking registrations for Night to Unit neighborhood events.
The deadline to register to ensure a visit from a police or fire department representative is Friday, July 26.
To register online, go to the city’s website at www.ci.coonrapids.mn.us and look for the Night to Unit link under News and Events.
In addition, people can also register their event in person at the police department at 11155 Robinson Dr. NW.
Once registered, organizers can pick up a free event hosting bag at the police department starting Wednesday, July 31.
For more information contact the Coon Rapids Police Department at 763-767-6481 and speak with Officer Terry Thomton or Police Technician Kim Reinke.
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