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Rhode Island communities join in crime prevention campaign

August 4, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island cities and towns are participating in a national community-building and crime prevention campaign.

The 36th annual National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday.

Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman says he’s joining law enforcement, community leaders and residents who are participating, as a way to promote partnerships between law enforcement and communities and neighborhood camaraderie. He says strengthening these relationships helps prevent and deter crime.

Weisman says events are scheduled in 14 Rhode Island communities and he’s participating in the Providence, Warwick and Cranston festivities.

Nationwide, thousands of communities plan to hold neighborhood block parties, festivals, cookouts, safety demonstrations and seminars for the National Night Out . It’s held annually on the first Tuesday in August.

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