SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury Safe Streets Coalition is celebrating its 31st annual National Night Out and Salisbury Safe Streets Week. Mayor James Ireton Jr. and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan have announced the city's National Night Out schedule for this year's events.
This evening throughout Salisbury you are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 31st annual National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event.
Residents are asked to turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. This evenings celebration will be held in the City Park, by the Bandstand, from 5-8 p.m. Free food, music games, prizes will be available.
According to Christine Chestnutt, Salisbury Safe Streets Coordinator, the initiative is a program aimed at limiting violence and crime through cooperating jurisdictions throughout the state.
" If you live here, work here and you raise your kids here it is important for you to be involved, " said Chestnutt.
The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention has given almost $2 million to nine states police jurisdictions for the fiscal year, including Dorchester County, in an effort to reduce crime, according to authorities.
" We will be working together to get criminals off the street." said Chestnutt. "The funds are needed and it is a community effort to reduce crime."
Plans to stop and arrest a main group of offenders and reduce crime by 20 percent come through he joint effort of all jurisdictions, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Since the initiative was enacted, overall crime in the state has reached its lowest statistic in 30 years, surpassing goals.