NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
July 31, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


         The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office announces two events Tuesday, August 4th,  as part of a unique crime prevention effort called "National Night Out". The nationwide program focuses on making communities safer and involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups. businesses, and neighborhood organizations.

         National Night Out 2009 is designed specifically to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

          In Okaloosa County,  the Sylvania Heights Front Porch Community will have food, games, back-to-school supplies and more at its event. It takes place from five to ten p.m. at the Sylvania Heights Community Park at 311 Shirley Drive. For more information contact Rev. Robert Gray at 850-357-0924.

         The Sheriff's Office Substation in Bluewater Bay is the site of another event,  scheduled to occur from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Contact Deputy Frank Taylor at 850-865-3516 for additional information.

         The Sheriff's Office will have information available ranging from child safety to establishing Neighborhood Watch programs.

         Both events are free and open to the public.