August 5th, 2008 Categories: Del Ray
Despite gray skies and ever present humidity, Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood lived up to its well-deserved reputation with a spirited community celebration of “National Night Out”.
Now in its 25th year, National Night Out is a unique neighborhood event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) that is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
With that in mind, the Alexandria’s Sheriff’s Department and the Alexandria Police Department are a viable presence at each gathering.
This year, a newcomer and an absolute hit, was the 17,000 ton armored Humvee like vehicle used by the city’s SWAT teams. Another favorite was K-9 trooper “Ajax”.
Hats off to the folks who serve and protect us! I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.