They’re taking back the night

June 27th, 2015 1:40 am

First Posted: 7/31/2013

It’s three towns coming together.

The crime watch groups of Dupont, Duryea and Avoca will host a celebration at the Healey Memorial Playground on Saturday, Aug. 10 to enhance awareness and have fun.

The event will run from 1 to 8 p.m. at the park at the corner of Foote Avenue and Wright Street.

Duryea Police Chief Nick Lohman said the event will coincide with the 30th anniversary of National Night Out being celebrated nationwide on Aug. 6.

A program will be conducted in each town on Aug. 6 and residents are asked to keep their porch lights on overnight.

National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners.

The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in anti-crime programs and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

“The residents are the community’s eyes and ears,” Lohman said. “Officers should be familiar with the people in the town, but also the members of the community should be familiar with the officers that protect them.”

A kick-off parade will begin at the Polish Club in Dupont at 1 p.m. on Aug. 10. The parade will caravan to Duryea and everyone will march down Main Street to Healey Park. Activities will include police demonstrations, guest speakers, face painting and games, food and much more.

This event is coordinated by the Duryea, Avoca and Dupont Neighborhood Crime Watch groups in partnership with Duryea, Avoca and Dupont Police, fire and rescue, parks and recreation and development services departments.

Guest speakers will include Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and will include presentations on bullying and a tazer demonstration.

The Dupont Neighborhood Crime Watch is just two years old. The Avoca Neighborhood Crime Watch, which started on Oct. 4, now has 50 members and continues to grow, according to President Jim Brogan. The group purchased signs and installed them in various locations throughout the town.