National Night Out – Promoting Police-Community Partnerships by Alina Lopez
Every year on the first Tuesday in August, the nation celebrates National Night Out. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it before or perhaps you’re a pro at attending or organizing such an event. This campaign was introduced in August of 1984 as an initiative to strengthen police and community relationships and help make communities safer. It has grown to become more than just a small celebration amongst neighbors to a nationwide event of family block parties, festivals, parades, and other various community events. These celebrations highlight safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, and more. By bridging the relationship between law enforcement and neighbors, it brings a true sense of community and positive circumstances.
This year, National Night Out takes place on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Miami Dade Police Department will be hosting events in their Districts and other municipalities have also scheduled celebrations.
As mentioned in previous blogs, one of the steps to take in creating safer neighborhoods is getting to know who belongs and who lives in your area. What better way to bring neighbors together than to have a fun, yet educational gathering to promote safety and awareness! We can all benefit from attending or coordinating a National Night Out event as it creates a feeling of togetherness with neighbors and is a great way to meet your area police officers. Reach out to your local police departments, districts, or municipalities to inquire about any activities they may be having for National Night Out or take the initiative and put one together; whether you have an active Crime Watch group or not. Make sure to register your group and event at the official National Night Out website so that your group can receive recognition as a participating entity.
For more information on National Night Out visit www.natw.org.
You can also reach our office at 305-470-1670 or visit our website www.citizenscrimewatch.org.
Until next time, be aware, make good choices, and stay safe.