Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the annual event encourages local police and fire departments to engage with residents in their community in an effort to take a stand against violence and crime.
Police officers from across Fairfax County, including the West Springfield District Station which serves the Burke and Springfield areas, will meet with residents and discuss crime and other safety measures at neighborhood events.
There are more than 30 registered events in the West Springfield District this year. The Auxiliary Police, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and McGruff, the Crime Dog will be stopping by some of the events.
Most of the NNO events last from 6-9 p.m., but will vary by community as much as the planned activities.
"I would really like to somehow thank all the volunteers for their effort and support of the National Night Out activities. These events would not happen without their time and commitment and I truly am thankful for their efforts," said Crime Prevention Officer J.T. Frey with the West Springfield District Station, about this year's NNO.
Some of the registered Burke-area communities participating in NNO are:
- Bonnie Brae
- Bear Oak
- Crestwood/Springfield Civic
- Pine Pond
- Spring Oak Clusters of the Burke Centre Conservancy
- Cardinal Estates
- Orange Hunt
- Park West
- Springfield Oaks
Just like last year, there will be a carnival and meet and greet event at the Target, located at 10301 New Guinea Road in Fairfax.
There will be a similar event at the Audrey Moore RECenter, located at 8100 Braddock Rd. in nearby Annandale.Several neighborhoods have also registered with the Fairfax County Police Department to participate in a Lights On Campaign, where residents can turn on their outside lights from 6-9 p.m. instead of hosting an event.
If you don't see your neighborhood listed and you have planned an event for your community, or if your community is interested in participating in the Lights On Campaign, you can contact the Crime Prevention Officer at the district station that serves your Annandale community to register:
- J.T. Frey, West Springfield, 703-644-7377
- Don Hensley, Fair Oaks, 703-591-0966