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MJPD Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Mt. Juliet Police Department is going to try something different for National Night Out, and it is going to be held in October rather than August. 

This summer’s intense heat has given the Mt. Juliet Police Department reason to make a desired change to its National Night Out schedule. 

The police department has delayed the annual event that normally occurs the first week of August until Oct. 2. 

“Every year, heat has always been the number one concern from participants. The extreme heat and high levels of humidity that usually occur around the annual August event prevents many of our residents from participating,” said MJPD Chief Andy Garrett. “By moving the event, we hope for greater participation due to the cooler October temperatures.”

This move is not uncommon for many cities. 

Several cities across Tennessee have made the same move to include Chattanooga, Jackson, and Knoxville. 

“The recent extreme temperatures is really what motivates our decision to move the event to October,” said MJPD Sergeant Tyler Chandler. “States like Texas and other cities in Tennessee have moved it to Oct. 2. It is our goal to make this event as comfortable and best for people as possible.”

National Night Out is a national event that allows neighbors and law enforcement to come together and become acquainted in a friendly setting. 

This event frequently takes shape at Mt. Juliet’s Providence MarketPlace where the police department comes out in force to provide a friendly setting with live music, free food, children’s activities, and crime prevention initiatives.  

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. 

This is accomplished by generating support for and participation in anticrime programs while strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Mt. Juliet’s National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6-9 p.m. in Providence MarketPlace.