maxresdefaultSAVANNAH, GA (July 28, 2016) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is teaming up with local neighborhoods to host the annual National Night Out Aug. 2.

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 to 8 p.m.

Metro officers will offer crime prevention tips to the thousands of people who are expected to take part in the National Night Out events.

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 33rd National Night Out event for residents of the Savannah-Chatham County area,” said SCMPD Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. “We are here to serve this community and this is a great opportunity for our citizens to get out and meet the officers who patrol their streets day and night. I encourage everyone to attend a neighborhood National Night Out celebration to help strengthen our community bond. Improving public safety is a shared responsibility. ”

In addition to more than 30 neighborhoods celebrating throughout area, the Savannah Impact Program will also host area residents for an evening of food and games from 5 to 8 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 be distributed 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-serve basis, beginning at 5 p.m., Aug. 2.