It's America's Night Out Against Crime!
The 32nd annual "National Night Out" (NNO), is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for this Tuesday, August 4th, 2015.
National Night Out is a nationwide program designed to get the community involved in crime prevention. Traditionally turning on your outdoor lights and coming outside to meet neighbors has been the basis for the event. In different parts of the country people are now hosting front porch vigils, block parties and parades, all in an effort to show unity against crime.
Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 16,540 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37.8 million people participated in National Night Out in 2014.
The Overland park Police Department will be celebrating National Night Out along with 11 different neighborhoods. We are also anticipating at least another 12 neighborhood participants for the 2nd NNO event this year, scheduled for October 6th.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods 'celebrate' NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:
• block parties,
• visits from local police and sheriff departments,
• parades, exhibits,
• flashlight walks,
• contests, and
• youth programs.
NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer community.
The link below will take you to a website that provides more information on National Night Out.