By Shannon Bishop
USAG Public Affairs
The Fort Detrick community came out Aug. 2 to participate in the 28th Annual National Night Out, hosted by the Fort Detrick Police.
Members of the Fort Detrick community generally don't have a need to be concerned about crime the same way citizens do outside of the gate, according to Detective Richard Sherbert from the Fort Detrick Police Department.
Sherbert was confident that Fort Detrick is a low crime area, though it still faces similar problems as communities outside the gates.Sherbert described the police efforts at Fort Detrick as crime prevention. "We need the eyes and ears of the public," Sherbert said.
The Fort Detrick Police rely on the members of the community to be honest and accountable for the things going on around them. Sherbert described that the best way for the community to be open about things going on in their neighborhoods is by building trusting relationships with the law enforcement personnel around them.
National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships to build and maintain a safer nation. National Night Out began in 1984 with 2.5 million Americans taking part in the activities.
Last year, more than 37 million Americans participated in National Night Out.The National Association of Town Watch is a nonprofit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
The organization works to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.