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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Neighborhood gatherings are planned this evening throughout Rochester and Olmsted County for "Night to Unite."

The annual crime prevention initiative for many years was known as National Night Out. The aim is to promote neighborhood unity and police-community partnerships to create safer communities.

Rochester Police Officers, Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputies, members of the Rochester Fire Department, and other first responders will be visiting as many of the neighborhood celebrations as possible.

Police Chief Jim Franklin shares, “We’re committed to delivering the highest level of public safety to the City of Rochester, but that requires all of us to work together. Night to Unite is a perfect opportunity for neighborhoods and law enforcement to come together, have some fun and support a common goal.”

Chief Franklin and Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson also expected to visit some of the neighborhood gatherings, along with many of the community' local elected officials.

Rochester Police Department photo
Rochester Police Department photo

The Rochester Police Department's "Safe City Nights" program is similar to the Night to Unite initiative but differs in that the Police Department hosts the neighborhood gatherings.  The next Safe City Nights event will take place on August, 9 at Slatterly Park in southeast Rochester.

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