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NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — Servicemembers and their families overseas will join millions in the United States this week in a worldwide block party against crime and drugs.

It will be part of the 21st annual National Night Out, a worldwide crime and drug prevention awareness event. Thousands of communities will participate on Tuesday.

The security department in Rota is teaming up with the naval station’s fire department, Morale Welfare and Recreation and other commands to “give crime and drugs a going away party.”

A parade, beginning at the housing area’s fire department at 5 p.m., will kick off the event. It will snake through the housing area and will end at Sea View Pines park, where there will be booths serving food, games for the kids and demonstrations by the security department and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Eight, Detachment Rota.

National Night Out is held the same day throughout the world, encouraging people to get out, meet and greet their neighbors, area police and firefighters.

The National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit organization that promotes crime and drug prevention programs, sponsors the event. More than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide will participate. Last year, 34 million people took part.


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