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  • A cool night for Night Out

  • Kathy Sell came to the National Night Out Against Crime in Blue Springs to support her son’s Boy Scout Troop, which conducted the flag ceremony. But the Blue Springs resident said it was an event she probably would have come to anyway.

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  • Kathy Sell came to the National Night Out Against Crime in Blue Springs to support her son’s Boy Scout Troop, which conducted the flag ceremony. But the Blue Springs resident said it was an event she probably would have come to anyway.
    “It is a great event for kids to learn all about safety,” she said at the event Tuesday. “They learn what to do and what not to do. That is fantastic.”
    Hundreds of people came out to the 14th annual event Tuesday in downtown Blue Springs. Similar events are traditionally held in August, which is when the national event occurs. However, the city chose to move the event back a couple of months to avoid the summer heat.
    National Night Out, which has been sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch for almost 30 years, was created to strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. It focuses on strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; generating support and participation for local anti-crime programs, increasing awareness of crime and drug prevention campaigns and showing criminals that neighborhoods are organized and want to fight back.
    During the first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in a National Night Out Against Crime event. In 2011, 37 million people in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases were involved.
    “We got a flier at school, so we decided to check it out,” said Staci Lane, Blue Springs. “It is a good time to get the family all out and together and brings awareness to safety issues.”
    Dale Carter, Blue Springs City Council member and morning show co-host for Country 94.1 KFKF was the emcee. Entertainment included the Blue Springs South High School choir, the TaJazz School of Dance and a magic exhibition by former Blue Springs Mayor Steve Steiner.
    Other participants included the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the Blue Springs Police Department, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, the STAT team, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery team, among others.
    “The kids love it, and it is good for the community to see what our police officers, firefighters and EMT workers do,” said Brittany Briggs, Blue Springs. “We teach our kids about stranger danger and to make sure to never go with anyone they don’t know. But I also think it is good for families to get out there and interact with our law enforcement out of work. They learn about safety and have fun, which are both great things.”
     
     
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