Monday, August 6, 2012

Olean Participating in National Night Out Tomorrow

This Tuesday night, residents will have the opportunity to stand up against crime on the streets of Olean. National Night Out was first organized in 1994 as a way to lower crime rates and raise neighborhood awareness. Police officers and city officials will drive around the city looking for suspicious activity. Community members who would like to participate can leave their porch lights on all night to let possible hoodlums know they’re also watching. Sergeant of Olean Police Department and Criminal Investigation Unit, Ronald Richardson, said this is beneficial for the city of Olean. Mayor Witte will be stopping at a few doors around the city and handing out bright orange signs that display the slogan “We’re Watching You” for participants to put in their windows. The back side displays emergency numbers. Mayor Witte said she thinks this is important for Olean because it makes people feel more comfortable reporting criminal or suspicious activity. National Night Out will be held from 6-9 this coming Tuesday night. Anyone who would like to get involved can contact Sgt. Richardson at (716)376-5672

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