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Join with OJP to Celebrate Safe Communities in October (continued)

Celebrate Safe Communities logoPartnerships are essential to building safer communities. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) works with our partners throughout the year to prevent and fight crime. In October, Crime Prevention Month, we will focus on local efforts that help improve neighborhood safety.From October 2–4, 2008, OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the National Crime Prevention Council will launch the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative to help kick off Crime Prevention Month.

Law enforcement plays a vital role in designing and implementing local Celebrate Safe Communities initiatives; however, law enforcement cannot do it alone. City officials, civic groups, community volunteers, neighborhood associations, business owners, and faith-based and youth-focused organizations all play a part in designing and supporting local events and ongoing crime prevention and safety programs.

Celebrate Safe Communities will harness the power of McGruff the Crime Dog® and other crime fighting programs to highlight Crime Prevention Month, demonstrate how local law enforcement works with other community safety-related agencies (e.g., fire, emergency management), and educate community partners about how they can watch out and help out in the fight against crime. For example, some communities are planning safety fairs to highlight the programs and services offered by local, county, State, and Federal public safety agencies, and others are offering training about how the Neighborhood Watch program can benefit communities.

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Visit www.celebratesafecommunities.org to learn more about this initiative, to get help planning an event, and to register local initiatives.
Registered Celebrate Safe Communities initiatives will be invited to participate in free webinars designed to help communities organize and promote local activities. Materials, including a media outreach toolkit and guides detailing how to recruit volunteers, will be available for download. In addition, registered initiatives are eligible to apply for the annual award recognizing outstanding efforts.