On National Night Out, Langley Park Community Unites to Increase Awareness of Community Policing

Posted August 1, 2016 /

HYATTSVILLE, Md._ CASA will be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesdayat 5:00 pm, August 2 at CASA’s Multicultural Center in Langley Park with a parade, part of a nationwide effort to bring police and community members together and improve relationships that will combat crime, increase drug awareness and create a sense of community.

Langley Park neighbors will walk along with a marching band at 5 pm from CASA’s Multicultural Center in Langley Park, 8151 15th Ave. Hyatsville, to 1515 Merrimac Dr, Hyattsville, MD 20783. At 6 pm, activities like a soccer match will start at CASA’s Multicultural Center.

“National Night Out is a great opportunity for us to share our spaces, as community members, and come together to give a positive response to violence,” said Alma Couverthie, Senior Director of Community Organizing at CASA. “These are our open spaces and is our home. We need to be able to enjoy them without violence and to maintain a good relationship with police officers.”

More than 200 people neighbors and elected officials are expected to participate in this event to improve relationships between police and community members. Prince George’s Council Member, Deni Taveras, is expected to attend, along with Delegate Carlo Sanchez, and Major Bill Alexander, Commander of PGPD District 1, and other delegates from Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

“Given the national climate, we need to create stronger ties between local law enforcement and communities, the National Night Out serves to do just that,” stated Deni Taveras.

The block party will begin at 6 p.m. Activities will include children games, face painting, a soccer match, chalk art painting, among others. CASA will also conduct a public safety survey. At 8:30 p.m. CASA will show the movie “Spare Parts,” starring George Lopez and a cast of Latino youths who sign up for a national robotics contest despite having no experience.

When:  Tuesday, August 2nd. Parade for safety begins at 5:00 pm, celebration activities start at 6:00 pm
Who: Langley Park neighbors, CASA members and staff
Where:  Multicultural Center (MCC), 8151 15th Ave. Hyatsville, MD 20783