Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department’s Community and Youth Outreach Unit is sponsoring its fifteenth annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Main and 15th Street in downtown Blue Springs. This free family event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety.
Councilman Dale Carter, Blue Springs native and morning show co-host for Country 94.1, KFKF will emcee the event’s main stage. Entertainment includes an appearance from Mac from the Missouri Mavericks from 6-7:30 p.m., a magic exhibition by former Mayor Steve Steiner, and dancers from TaJazz School of Dance.
Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, Blue Springs Police Department STAT Team, Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, Missouri Department of Transportation and many more.
“National Night Out is an important outreach event that allows our officers to personally interact with our community,” says National Night Out Coordinator Sgt. Allen Kintz of the Blue Springs Police Department. “It’s the perfect family outing with information about crime prevention, health and safety, as well as free food, games, prizes, live entertainment featuring local performers, and much more.”
Mayor Ross encourages residents to take part in this year’s National Night Out saying it is, “an important step to strengthening the crime prevention partnership between police, residents and the community at large.”
“National Night Out is a free event that gives residents the opportunity to meet Blue Springs officers and civilians working to keep our community safe. By stepping out on a unified front, we’re sending a message to criminals letting them know that Blue Springs’ neighborhoods are organized and fighting back to prevent crime in our community.”
Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors include: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Rancho Grande Cantina, Sonic, Wing Stop, Blue Springs Ford, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Family YMCA, Panera Bread, Blue Springs McDonald’s, Odd Fellows, Blue Springs 8 Theater, Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers and the Hilton Garden Inn, Independence, Mo.
For additional information about the Blue Springs National Night Out Against Crime event including scheduled vendors and performances, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/nno or call (816) 228-0178.
National Night Out was created by the National Association of Town Watch to spotlight the role of the community in crime and drug prevention. The first event took place 30 years ago. Last year, an estimated 34 million people attended National Night Out events in more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. For more information about National Night Out and the National Association of Town Watch, visit