Dayton to attend a National Night Out gathering tonight in Minneapolis

Tonight’s National Night Out will attract residents and officials to informal neighborhood gatherings around the state.

The annual event has been observed for decades, giving neighbors a chance to meet and encourage crime prevention.

National officials say more than 16,000 communities and 37 million people will participate tonight.

Minneapolis and St. Paul and many other locales are promoting the event.

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to attend a block party at 3419 Knox Av. N. in Minneapolis at 6:30 p.m. 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and his staff plan to visit block parties in Minneapolis and local suburbs.

Organizers say the events are good ways to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and will not tolerate their criminal behavior

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