The Manassas Journal-Messenger reports that another local jurisduction has joined the kum-bay-yah approach to crime prevention with the “National Night Out”, which seems to happen during daylight. This time it’s Manassas Park, which has at least decided to have their event from 4-8PM, instead of the noontime event being held in Prince William County.
Manassas Park wants to tell criminals that its residents won’t be intimidated by crime with a National Night Out celebration Tuesday.
With more moonbounces, a dunk tank, games, and important informational handouts, I’m sure the criminal element will be severely intimidated and give Costello Park a wide berth. And in an effort to out-do their neighboring jurisdictions, there’s even a possibility that a medical evacuation helicopter will show up, most likely also at taxpayer expense.
If we want to engage citizens in the battle against criminals, I think there are more effective ways to do it than having such laughably naive and costly programs run once a year. Having police officers interact more closely with citizens during the course of their duties and actually getting out of their patrol cars from time to time to walk around comes to mind. Feel-good, do-nothing “celebrations” like this won’t help stop gang activity in Manassas Park or reduce crime from other causes.
Celebrate, indeed. Your taxpayer dollars are being wasted.
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