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Deadline approaches for National Night Out neighborhood registration
The Turlock Police Department wants people to register their neighborhoods for the National Night Out celebration by July 19. Those living in neighborhoods that are not having any block parties can join in the festivities at community events like the one held at Columbia Park in previous years. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock Police Department wants to know which neighborhoods will be participating in the National Night Out celebration, so they can join in on the fun.

National Night Out is a national movement designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

During National Night Out residents across the country are asked to leave the confines of their home and step outside and get to know their neighbors. As a symbol of the long-standing event, residents are also asked to turn on their porch lights. Many neighborhoods host block parties, ice cream socials, barbecues and other special events for the night.

National Night Out will be held on Aug. 6 in Turlock. Individuals can sign up their neighborhood with the Turlock Police Department by July 19 and possibly receive a visit the day of from police, fire, or city officials, or McGruff the Crime Dog or Blue Santa.

A block captain social will be hosted by the police department from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

To register a neighborhood contact Community Service Officer Michelle Backeroff at 656-3153 or