Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent catches a nefarious criminal at National Night Out. The charge? Hamburgling. Photo: Gail Biron
Aside from the Hamburglar, Gulfportians had the chance to meet police officers, firefighter paramedics and learn how to get involved with crime prevention groups and neighborhood watches at the August 7 National Night Out.
National Night Out in Gulfport took place at the parking lot of the Catherine Hickman Theatre. In addition to Gulfport public safety, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies attended the event.
In 1984, “National Night Out”started as “America’s Night Out Against Crime”with the intention of promoting crime prevention and awareness.
“While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round,”National Association of Town Watch and National Night Out founder Matt Peskin said on the National Night Out website.
Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent estimates 100 people attended Gulfport’s National Night Out.