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Each year, Anne Arundel County gathers to celebrate National Night Out, an annual event that promotes camaraderie between public safety agencies and the community.

The festive occasion was held on Tuesday, August 6, at five locations across our county. The events included fun games and activities for adults and children, law enforcement K-9 demonstrations, and lots of free food and treats for everyone. The event is a reminder of the importance of an engaged public safety-community partnership built upon the common goal of creating a safe place to live and work. During the festivities, the sense of community is palpable.

As we build beyond the energy of the event, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County remains committed to diligently serving the citizens of our community and engaging in conversations about crime and the justice system regardless of how challenging they may be. Unfortunately, there have been countless discussions lately about the rise in gun violence and the accessibility of criminals obtaining guns in our community.

Recently, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County won a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Our office will use those funds to redirect the path of youths caught with guns while also aggressively prosecuting defendants who reoffend or perpetuate gun violence. We will partner with local agencies and nonprofits to create ways to engage young people who are pursuing a dangerous course of criminal activity.

In addition, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County continues to provide our community with interactive programs on numerous quality-of-life topics. We are committed to helping citizens avoid becoming victims of crime and improving public confidence in the justice system.

Our community outreach programs include:

•Online Safety: Keeping Children Safe In A High-Tech World - Learn about the dangers that lurk online and receive real-life tips on how to effectively navigate online issues like bullying, predatory activity, sexting and grooming.

•Forensic Evidence In The 21st Century – This interactive presentation explores the importance of forensic evidence in solving crimes and prosecuting cases today.

•Dating Violence: Awareness And Prevention – Learn about the warning signs of toxic relationships, discuss ways to effectively communicate, and identify the tools to sustain healthy dating relationships and break the cycle of domestic violence.

•Avoiding Identity Theft: How To Deter, Detect And Defend Against It – This presentation will offer tools to empower citizens against identification theft, fraud, scams and exploitation.

•Distracted Driving – Learn ways to avoid distracted driving and safety tips for staying safe on the road.

If you are interested in having a representative from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County speak at your event on one of these topics or another topic of your choosing, contact our public information officer at 410-222-7686 or tialewis@aacounty.org.

As your state’s attorney, I will continue to pursue justice, safeguard our community and, always, stand for the people.

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