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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Stafford County residents will once again particpate in National Night Out to be held tonight at Stafford Marketplace shopping center. 

The county’s sheriff’s department holds the annual celebration each year at the shopping center, located at 1220 Stafford Marketplace.

Here’s more about what to expect during tonight’s celebration: 

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office will once again be participating in the Annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  15 different neighborhoods have signed up to host a National Night Out event in their neighborhood with most events starting in the late afternoon and going to the early evening. 

The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Aquia Harbour Volunteer Rescue Squad, is also participating in a community wide National Night Out event at the TARGET parking lot of the Stafford Market Place.  This is an open event that is also being held on Tuesday, August 5 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to come by and enjoy numerous family fun activities.  143 different vendors, community organizations and businesses will be participating.  This year, for the first time, a Kid’s Scavenger Hunt, complete with prizes, will be held.  The Sheriff’s Office will be providing live demonstrations for everyone’s enjoyment and the Stafford County Fire & Rescue Department will also have numerous apparatus on display.

National Night Out is designed 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.  National Night Out sends a clear message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and participating in active crime prevention.