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Asia BrownOn yesterday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office hosted its National Night Out celebration at the Home Depot (Chantilly). I had the privilege of being a part of this community event while representing D.A.R.E. There were first responders, The Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery Fire and Rescue, and The Montgomery Police Department.

National Night Out is an annual community- building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make the neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

The event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States. The first one involved over 2.5 million resident across 400 communities in 23 states just turning their lights on their porch.

I was able to represent D.A.R.E. and had a table with different souvenirs for the kids. I was able to talk one on one with them about D.A.R.E. and pin a sticker on them making them Honorary Junior Deputies. I was able to meet and take pictures with a vast majority of community leaders. I explained to them who I was and what I represented. They were all intrigued and offered me their assistance with the program. Corporal Kofee Anderson made sure I knew who everyone was and how they will help me get the word out about D.A.R.E… Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and his staff was a gracious host and very supportive to my vision.