2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, National Night Out is the nation's largest grassroots community crime-prevention effort, involving 33.2 million people in 9,859 communities in all 50 states; and

WHEREAS, National Night Out establishes police/community partnerships and community watch initiatives through its annual event and year round programs; and

WHEREAS, National Night Out is a valuable and effective community crime prevention program supported by many mayors and local officials, local law enforcement, citizens, businesses, the U.S. Department of Justice and Presidents and Members of Congress of both parties for two decades; and

WHEREAS, National Night Out, organized and run by the National Association of Town Watch, directly addresses community crime, safety, and security problems, helping mayors and local law enforcement officials to meet these challenges; and

WHEREAS, the fight against neighborhood crime and terrorism requires the cooperation of community residents, neighborhood crime watch organizations, schools, community policing groups, law enforcement officers, and mayors and other local officials; and

WHEREAS, community crime watch organizations are effective in promoting awareness about, and the participation of volunteers in, crime prevention activities at the local level; and

WHEREAS, the vigilance of community crime watch organizations creates safer communities and discourages criminals from operating in communities monitored by those organizations; and

WHEREAS, neighborhood and community crime watch programs play an integral role in combating domestic terrorism by increasing vigilance and awareness and encouraging citizen participation in community safety and homeland security; and

WHEREAS, National Night Out efforts to create and support local community watch programs have proven to be effective in providing local law enforcement with crime tips that lead to arrests; and

WHEREAS, federal support for National Night Out increases the number of community watch groups nationwide, supports crime prevention services to existing community watch programs, and is a catalyst for private sector support of community crime prevention; and

WHEREAS, National Night Out will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 when citizens, mayors and local officials, local law enforcement, business people, and others will celebrate "America's Night Out Against Crime" and participate in events to support community crime prevention programs; and

WHEREAS, National Night Out is supporting the National Child Identification Program, a joint partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American Football Coaches Association, to provide identification kits to parents to help locate missing children,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly supports National Night Out and urges the U.S. Congress to fully support the program to provide essential crime prevention support and services to cities, towns and local communities.