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Press Release

Release Date: July 17, 2007

by Dana Lance

ADA, Okla. - The citizens of Ada will have a "night out" with local emergency responders during the 24th annual America’s Night Out Against Crime, set Tues., Aug. 7 from 6-9 p.m. on the East Central University administration lawn.

Co-hosted by the Chickasaw Nation and ECU, National Night Out (NNO) is a nationwide crime and drug prevention event designed to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts, and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are two agencies expected to be on-hand at the event, along with local fire departments, EMS crews, search and rescue teams and other emergency responders.

Food, entertainment, educational and informative booths, along with guest speakers will highlight the evening. All activities are free and open to the public.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said “We invite residents throughout the Ada area to spend an evening with family members taking a stand against crime.”

NNO was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in 1984 as a means of increasing participation in neighbor watch participation. Since its inception, the nationwide program has grown to reach 30 million people. Ada is one of over 11,000 communities around the nation and Canada, and on military bases expected to take part in the 2007 edition of the event.

Last year, more than 600 community members attended the Ada event, making the local NNO effort one of the largest in the state.

"We are pleased to be a part of this special night," said Gov. Anoatubby.

For more information or to participate by providing an activity booth or demonstration, contact Matt Folsom or Barry Needham at 580-272-5505.