(WTVM) – In honor of National Night Out, there are several events happening in our area tonight. National Night Out was introduced back in 1984 when 2.5 million neighbors took part across 400 communities in 23 states.
The events allow law enforcement agencies across the country to visit local neighborhoods and rally against crimes and strengthen community togetherness.
The City of Opelika will come together against crime and drugs after two people were shot over the weekend. There will be a unity march at 5 p.m. beginning at the Antioch Baptist Church on W.E. Morton Ave. and ending at the Covington Recreation Center. There will be a block party held after the parade and that will run until 8:30 p.m.
In Columbus, The Muscogee County Sheriff's Department will have a crime prevention and safety block party event from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Lakebottom Park. There will also be free school supplies and food.
The Columbus Police Department will also be taking various routes beginning at the Civic Center at 5 p.m. and going around the city. This is the 15th year that CPD will be participating in the event.
In Auburn, the NNO event will be from 4-6p.m. at 931 Booker Street at the Auburn Housing Authority (AHA).The Fire department will bring a fire truck to demonstrate fire safety. Auburn University's Aubie and Chick-fil-A Cow will be special guest along with the Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Former Auburn football player Andrew Williams and former Tuskegee Football player Keon Davis.
Phenix City will be targeting a high crime area for its event this year. The NNO walk and ride event will be in the Tin-Top city area of Phenix City at 7p.m. Cars may be parked at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church parking lot at 1403 3rd St. S. Call (334)-448-2824 for more information.
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