Police and Neighbors Go Social' for 29th Annual National Night OutAmerica's night out against crime takes place on a new date in Tampa

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National Night Out is a great way to not only take a stand against crime in your neighborhood, but an opportunity to mingle with neighbors as well.

What: Citizens will take to the streets and the Tampa Police Department's social networking sites to campaign against crime during the police department's National Night Out photo contest.

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Mayor Bob Buckhorn will visit citizens in the following neighborhoods:
            6:00 p.m. Hunter's Green 
            Nathaniel Hunter Park 
            9456 Highland Oak Drive

           7:00 p.m. Bowman Heights, MacFarlane Park, Capaz Park and Old West Tampa 
           MacFarlane Park
           1700 North MacDill Avenue

           7:30 p.m. Hyde Park, Bayshore Beautiful, and Swann Estates
           Kate Jackson Community Center
           821 South Rome Avenue

          7:45 p.m. Davis Islands Business District
          Slice of Tampa Bay Pizza and BBQ
          235 East Davis Boulevard


The Tampa Police Department is inviting citizens in over 20 National Night Out (NNO) locations to share their photos and posts on the department's Facebook page. It is all part of the department's "Going Social" effort to encourage residents to take part in the night out against crime, which the city is celebrating in October this year. During the event, NNO participants will be able to post photos of officers interacting with citizens at their event directly onto TPD's Facebook wall. The neighborhood that receives the most likes' on one of their photos will win a special visit from Chief Jane Castor. The department hopes more citizens will become involved in their Neighborhood Crime Watch program and National Night Out because of its social media interaction.

Residents can follow officers and citizens during NNO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tampapd or on Twitter @TampaPD

National Night Out is designed 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 fighting back

Janelle McGregor