SAVANNAH, GA (August 1, 2017) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is teaming up with local neighborhoods to host the annual National Night Out event tonight.

Members of the SCMPD Command Staff, Precinct Commanders, Crime Prevention Officers, Patrol Officers, civic leaders and McGruff the Crime Dog will visit participating neighborhoods from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

National Night Out is an annual, nationwide community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

The program culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

“This is our 35th National Night Out event for residents of the Savannah-Chatham County area,” said SCMPD Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. “Our personnel look forward to the event every year, as it provides a great opportunity for us to spend time with residents in the community.  We enjoy the engagement and the interactions that strengthen our community bonds.  We all have a shared responsibility to continually improve public safety in each of our neighborhoods. We certainly encourage every neighborhood to get involved with National Night Out.”

In addition to more than 25 neighborhoods celebrating throughout area, the Savannah Impact Program will also host area residents for an evening of food and games from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the SIP office located at 1700 Drayton Street.

SIP workers and volunteers will distribute donated back-to-school supplies, uniforms, toiletries and food items to families in need. Local barbers will also provide free haircuts for school-aged children on site. School supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

All list of participating neighborhoods is available here.