On Tuesday, August 03, 2010, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, the Homestead Police Department, and the South Dade Weed and Seed organization along with local residents joined communities from around the nation to participate in the “27th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) campaign. NNO is a unique crime/drug prevention event that brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials to focus on crime awareness and strengthen police-community partnerships.
Homestead residents wanted to send a message to criminals letting them know that the community is proactive, organized, and fighting back. This year’s theme was “Let’s Give Crime a Going Away Party.” Organizers began with a rally at Roby George Park and both guest speakers, Councilman Williams and Homestead Police Captain Angela Washington, stressed the importance of community involvement.
Councilman Williams stated, “If we do not take a stand, we will fall for anything. We need to take back what is ours, which is our community. We need your help, without it we cannot do this. We must give our support to our law enforcement officers and build a partnership between the community and the police.
Homestead resident Phyllis Horn suggested creating a neighborhood crime watch in the Southwest section to get residents to be vigilant and involved in making their neighborhood a safer area for their children.
Ms. Horn explained, “It’s not about being a snitch, but your brother’s keeper.” Over 35 parents and students marched with police officers throughout their neighborhood holding signs and blowing whistles. The Homestead Police Department’s Community Policing and K-9 Units were giving out information, answering questions, and interacting with the crowd.
Throughout the years, NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to generate support and participation in local anticrime programs. The City of Homestead and the Homestead Police Department are committed to providing a safe environment, free of crime and drug use, for law-abiding citizens to live, work, and raise their families.