We are less than one month away from this year’s National Night Out (NNO) which will take place on August 7. The National Association of Town Watch developed NNO 24 years ago. Today it involves more than 10,000 communities and 34 million people across the United States and Canada. Citizens, neighborhood organizations, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, and local officials run such NNO events as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, and youth programs.
National Night Out was designed to involve local citizens in their own community’s safety. Bringing large groups of citizens together makes community members more aware of ways to prevent crimes and drug use, generates support for local anticrime programs, strengthens neighborhood spirit and the relationship between police and community members, and sends a message to criminals that the community is unified to fight crime. NNO events take place in the best and worst neighborhoods alike. Events are effective whether a neighborhood safety group (such as Neighborhood Watch) is already present or not.
Major cities across the country will have events in different neighborhoods throughout their jurisdictions. To find out where your local National Night Out event will be taking place, please visit the NNO Map. Washington, DC, home of the National Crime Prevention Council, will have its National Night Out Kick-off event at the Barry Farms Recreation Center in the Southeast part of the city. The DC kick-off will feature activities for kids, information for parents, and an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog®. There will also be local events in other Washington neighborhoods and in the suburban counties of Northern Virginia and Maryland.
For information about how to get McGruff at your National Night Out celebration, please contact Jeff at [email protected].