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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - There's going to be a party going on Tuesday night. Lots of them, actually.

It's National Night Out, an annual nationwide event that gives people the chance to meet and greet their neighbors, get to know their law enforcement officials and let criminals know that crime won't be tolerated.

Many law enforcement agencies throughout Jefferson and Shelby counties will be taking part. It's sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit group that focuses on the prevention of crime and drug use.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will hold its events at two locations. The first is McAdory High School on the football field from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The address is 4800 McAdory School Road. The second location is in the parking lot of the Center Point Satellite Courthouse, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., at 2651 Center Point Parkway.

Sheriff's officials will display equipment and share information about law enforcement operations. There will also be food and music. Sheriff Mike Hale will make an appearance at both locations.

In Birmingham, National Night Out events will be held at more than 20 locations. Police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said it's a great way for neighbors to share food as they discuss issues about their communities and get to know the officers who work in those communities.

Here are Birmingham's locations, and some points of contact for more information :

North Precinct:

1. Henrietta Tripp, 251-5706, Vest Rocket Park, rear of 1200 Finley AV. North, 7p.m.- 9 p.m.

2. Ronald Davidson, 960-4142, Twenty-Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, 2100 25th Avenue North, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

3. Vera Juett, 1619 4th Street North, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

4. Rosa Smith, corner of 16th Street North and 32nd Avenue North, 6 p.m. -9 p.m.

5. Julius Clarke 305-1404, corner of 15th Avenue North and Norwood Boulevard, 6 p.m-9 p.m.

6. Willine Body, 213-5824, vacant lot at 303 4th Avenue West, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

West Precinct:

1. Smithfield Neighborhood, Smithfield Park 1707 Huntington Drive.

2. Westchester Subdivision, Hollins Drive

3. Wylam Block Watch, 1300 Block of Jersey Street

4. Sandusky Neighborhood, Jimmie Hudson Center, 237 Pratt Highway

5. 21st Street Block Watch, 2717 21st Street West

6. 15th Street Block Watch, 703 15th Street West

7. Frances Avenue Block Watch, 2119 Frances Avenue

8. Bush Blvd/20th Street Block Watch, 2636 20th Street Ensley

9. Bush Circle Block Watch: Bush Circle

10. Green Acres Neighborhood, Roselle Reynolds Park, 6121 Avenue O, Ensley

11. Rising West Princeton Neighborhood, Community Center, 1708 1st Avenue West

Efforts to obtain the times for West Precinct weren't immediately successful.

South Precinct:

1. Donna Sims, 711 39th Street South, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

2. Kevin Irwin, 4143 Cliff Road, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

3. James Faivre, 47th Street & 7th Ave (Red Barn), 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

4. Lesley Henderson, Stonegate Luxury Apartment Homes (Clubhouse ), 101 Leaflake Drive, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

5. Aldrich H. Gunn, 4509 9th Ct. North, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Plans for events in the East Precinct have not yet been released. For additional information about events and times, please contact the following:

- Charles Huffman - Crime Prevention Officer / North Precinct at (205) 254-2860 or email at charles.huffman@birminghamal.gov .

-Devoris Ragland - Crime Prevention Officer / South Precinct at (205) 254-2793 or email at devoris.ragland@birminghamal.gov .

- Felicia Watkins - Crime Prevention Officer / West Precinct at (205) 254-2682 or email at Felicia.watkins@birminghamal.gov

There are many more events scheduled throughout cities and communities in Jefferson County. Some cities, such as Homewood, will wait until October when the weather is cooler. Please check with your local law enforcement agency for specifics in your area.

Published: August 02, 2013 at 4:12 PM
By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com The Birmingham News
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