The Olney Chamber of Commerce announced that Olney has been named a 2013 National Night Out National Award Winner for the third straight year.
Olney’s National Night Out, sponsored by the chamber, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. The event, held each August, highlights the partnership among police and fire personnel, businesses and the community.
Chamber Executive Director Jon Hulsizer said Olney has earned the award in seven of the last 10 years.
“Perhaps that’s why the county dignitaries, including County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Police Chief Thomas J. Manger, kick off our event before heading to those in other communities,” Hulsizer said. “We have received compliments about the good job we do from these and other key people who have seen multiple events.”
Proceeds benefit the Olney Police Satellite Station, Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Montgomery County Crimesolvers. Over the years, more than $50,000 has been donated to these and other local organizations.
National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, an organization dedicated to community-based law enforcement. It’s s designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
This year, 16,124 communities in all 50 states participated. Of those, 167 were named National Award Winners in five categories based on population. Six were from Maryland. Olney was 28th among the 47 winners in Category 4, 15,000-49,999 population. Salisbury was 46th in the category. Other state winners were Charles County, Bowie, New Carrollton and District Heights.