Duke Police Spending a "Night Out"

July 29, 2009Employees can join the Duke University Police Department and residents throughout Durham next week to show their support for a safer community.

On Aug. 4, Duke Police will take part in local celebrations for National Night Out, an annual, nationwide celebration to encourage a stronger relationship between police and the communities they serve. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

“This is a great way to partner with Durham and it empowers people to stand up and say ‘We don’t want crime in our community and we’ll partner with the police to make sure we’re safe,’” said Maj. Phyllis Cooper. “It’s a statement.”

During the day, officers will set up information tables and displays from 10 a.m. to noon in the lobby of Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, where there will also be a clown. From 1 to 3 p.m. officers will be by the cafeteria at Duke Hospital North.

That evening, Duke Police will take part in an ice cream social at 6 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House at 506 Alexander St. and will visit neighborhoods around Duke’s East and West campuses.

More than 70 neighborhoods and organizations from around Durham will be represented in this year’s National Night Out, including the Duke Teer House and 13 groups from the Health System. For the last three years, for cities of comparable size, Durham has ranked 10th in the nation for the number of registered National Night Out supporters.

“Safety is a shared responsibility between the police and our community,” said Cooper. “This is just one way for us to unite and show we want a safe and secure place to live.”

For more information about the National Night Out, call Duke Police at (919) 684-2444. To register your department or unit, visit the event's website and click on the National Night Out logo on the right side of the page.