Marysville News

National Night Out

Mill Valley event raises crime awareness

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The Mill Valley Neighborhood Watch will host its seventh annual Flashlight Walk in support of National Night Out at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Marysville City Councilwoman Tracy Richardson said the walk will begin with a ceremony at Creekview Intermediate School, where Mayor John Gore will present a proclamation. The group will walk down Creekview Drive to Valley Drive, cross at Mill Road and continue to the Mill Valley shopping plaza.

Water will be provided along the route. At the end of the walk, which is expected to conclude at 9:45 p.m., Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden will speak. There will also be music, snacks, prizes and photos.

"The city of Marysville leaders and staff provide immeasurable support with a proclamation, traffic control and education. We cannot thank them enough for their encouragement and help," Richardson said.

"We hope to see a large crowd this year."

Mill Valley Neighborhood Watch founder and leader Pete Emmons said he hopes to have more than 100 participants.

The event, the city's only organized National Night Out activity, started in 2007 with about 45 residents participating. Last year, 85 people took part.

Emmons said this is the 31st year the National Association of Town Watch has hosted National Night Out.

"There are over 16,000 communities participating and they are projecting 38 million participants on the night of Aug. 5," he said.

"It's become our signature-type event designed to increase community awareness of the watch and help increase responsiveness to criminal activity and to increase positive activity between the law enforcement and residents."

Emmons said it's not necessary to live in Mill Valley to participate.

"Anyone who feels strongly about standing up against crime and drugs is welcome to take part," he said.

Residents are encouraged to further support the effort by turning on their outside lights from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Emmons said his group wants people to realize that safety awareness is not just a one-night event but a year-round commitment.

"It's very easy for people to get lulled into a false sense of security. And we want people to be cognizant of their environment and who should be in their environment year-round and report responsibly to authorities," he said. "We are the eyes and ears for law enforcement and we reinforce their message."

Emmons said there is a bonus to the walk: It usually entices more people to join the event organizing committee or become a watch captain on their street.

A follow-up meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the community meeting room of the Marysville Police and Court facility, 1250 W. Fifth St.

Should inclement weather force a cancelation of the Flashlight Walk, the news will be announced on the group's Facebook page by 7 p.m. that day.

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