Ramsey: National Night Out should be ‘365 days a year'

Posted: August 08, 2012

At the end of a trip throughout Northwest Philadelphia on Tuesday night to visit neighborhoods observing the 29th annual National Night Out, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey stopped to reflect on the event's message.

"It highlights the partnership between the community and the Police Department, but it needs to be 365 days a year," Ramsey said as he stood along Germantown Avenue with members of Germantown Deaf Ministries and Town Watch. "These are the most committed people. We need more people to get involved."

Ramsey's stop in Germantown about 9 p.m. Tuesday was the last leg of a trip that took him through Oak Lane, Cedarbrook and a handful of other neighborhoods to mark the night and meet community members.

In Germantown, Ramsey signed cards to be sent to victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting and learned to say "I love you" in sign language from Roz McKelvey, founder of Germantown Deaf Ministries.

As part of the National Night Out, the Police Department held events with communities throughout the city. Earlier in the night, Every Murder Is Real, an organization that works with families of homicide victims, held candle lightings at murder scenes in Germantown, McKelvey said.

Contact Morgan Zalot at 215-854-5928 or zalotm@phillynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @morganzalot and read her blog PhillyConfidential.com.

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