Arlington, VA (Vocus) September 29, 2010
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice have teamed with more than 175 communities across the country in an effort to help them “Take A Bite Out Of Crime” during National Crime Prevention Month in October.
The communities are part of the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative where law enforcement, schools, businesses, and neighborhoods join together to host crime prevention events to organize and engage residents, share safety tips, and generate awareness of public safety solutions to local crime problems.
Beginning in October and continuing throughout the year, hundreds of communities will highlight solutions to local community crime problems such as gang awareness, internet safety, drug abuse, and bullying. The Celebrate Safe Communities initiative emphasizes the need for stronger law enforcement-community partnerships to sustain the community safety efforts that have driven down crime rates for the last few years.
This year’s Celebrate Safe Communities events promise to be particularly noteworthy because they will commemorate the 30th anniversary of McGruff the Crime Dog, the beloved icon of the NCPC. The Crime Dog is getting ready to throw on his trench coat and make hundreds of appearances nationwide during NCPC’s National Crime Prevention Month in October.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, a long-standing supporter of efforts to increase public safety and educate residents about crime prevention, is providing resources and assistance for the Celebrate Safe Communities project in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council. NCPC has also enlisted the help of the National Sheriffs’ Association who helped to develop the initiative with NCPC and BJA three years ago.
To learn more or to schedule an interview, contact Michelle Boykins at 202-261-4184.
About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. For 30 years, our symbol of safety, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has delivered easy-to-use crime prevention tips that protect what matters most—you, your family, and your community. Law enforcement agencies nationwide rely on our expertise to make an impact on personal safety and crime every day. For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out of Crime®,” visit http://www.ncpc.org.