by Wendy Lloyd, Casa Grande Police Department Volunteer Service & Event Coordinator
National Night Out began in the United States in 1984 as an event to increase awareness about police programs, such as drug prevention, Neighborhood Watch and other anti-crime efforts, in communities. In most of the U.S., it is held the first Tuesday in August.
After participating for several years, the Casa Grande organizers decided to create their own city event on a date more conducive to our weather. August events come with the risk of monsoon storms and excessive heat. The City of Casa Grande Annual Silent Witness Anti-Crime Night began 11 years ago. T
his year, we are celebrating 11 successful years. For many years, this event was held at Carr McNatt Park. Over the years, the sheer explosion of the size of this event has caused challenges for parking, residents in the area and limited the number of participants.
Last year the event moved to the new location at Vista Grande High School. With more space and better parking access, it is even bigger and better than before! This year the festivities take place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. With over 75 local non-profits, law enforcement agencies, community resources and local businesses – there is something for everyone of all ages to see and enjoy.
The participating vendors share information, give demonstrations and provide entertainment throughout the evening. Where else can you enjoy lots of games, bounce houses for kids, good food, drinks and raffle prizes – all for FREE!
Silent Witness provides our community with the opportunity to assist in the fight against crime. This is possible with the help of the community involvement and helps continue to make Casa Grande a safe community. The Silent Witness Anti-Crime Night helps to raise money for Casa Grande Silent Witness program. Each year, this event raises over $13,000 and is used for rewards for crime tips for Casa Grande Police Department.
Mark your calendar and join us for the Annual Casa Grande Anti-Crime Night on Tuesday, September 27th.