By Sophia Hall

MINEOLA, NY (WCBS 880) – It is America’s night out against crime and the police in both Nassau County and Suffolk County want to take a bite out of it.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On Long Island

“Members of the public can come and talk to police officers face-to-face if they know of problems in their community, they can mention it to the officers that are there. It’s also a good time for us to put out information on how to make your home secure, any scams that might be going on during the summer months,” says Nassau County police detective Vincent Garcia.

National Night Out events are happening at every police precinct in Nassau County.

LINK: List Of Nassau County Police Precincts

“It also sends a clear message to criminals letting them know that there is a community watch program, that the community and the police department are working together,” says Garcia. “So, it’s sending a message to them to let them know that the neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back to take the streets back against crime.”

Suffolk County police precincts will also be participating. Here is a list of locations and times.

First Precinct
Wyandanch Park, 792 Mount Avenue, Wyandanch
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bowden Mack Park, Great Neck Road, North Amityville
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Second Precinct (Wednesday, August 3)
Manorfield Park, East 5th Street, Huntington Station
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Third Precinct
Target Store parking lot, 838 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fourth Precinct
Target Store parking lot, 98 Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Commack
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fifth Precinct
Martha Avenue Park, Martha Avenue, North Bellport
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

National Night Out was started in 1984 with 400 communities taking part. Last year, 15,110 communities took part.

Dozens of communities in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are participating.

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