National Night Out promotes community

As part of a national campaign to build and promote police and community partnerships, several local law enforcement agencies are participating today in National Night Out.

Palatka Police Department Capt. Matt Newcomb said officers have participated in the program for more than 15 years.

“The event brings everyone together to talk as a community with law enforcement to take a stance and not tolerate crime,” Newcomb said.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Col. Joe Wells agreed and said National Night Out is an opportunity for citizens to stand up against crime.

“This is one night for citizens to show solidarity in their neighborhoods,” Wells said.

Wells said the sheriff’s office partners with the Palatka Police Department for their event. Additionally, deputies will be hosting an event at Grandin Lake Shores with neighborhood watch. The sheriff’s office and Crescent City Police Chief Angelo Damiano will be helping with Welaka Police Department’s first National Night Out.

Welaka Police Chief Walter Melton said he was excited to host his first National Night Out as chief.

“This is the first year Welaka police have participated in this national program, which further solidifies and strengthens the bond between the police department and community,” Melton said.

National Night Out events will be hosted throughout the county at:


Grandin Lake Shores

Community Center 7 p.m. Deputies will hand out crime prevention information and have patrol vehicles on display.



Ragsdale Apartments 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be bounce houses and officers will be handing out cotton candy, popcorn and crime prevention information.



Shrimps-R-Us 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, music, a police car and firetruck on display.

Palatka Daily News

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