8/5/14 Email: On National Night Out, public safety is all of us
Public safety is the most important part of running a great city well. As mayor, it’s my number-one priority. It’s also the number-one priority for the Police Department, the Fire Department and everyone who works for the City of Minneapolis, be they in the Health Department, Public Works, Animal Control, or in any of the core services that we offer residents and businesses.
But really, public safety is all of us, and our neighbors. That’s why I’m thrilled that this evening, Minneapolis is again number one in America for the 31st Annual Minneapolis National Night Out, shattering the record - well, our own record, because we've been number one for many years now - for registered events.
National Night Out, held every year on the first Tuesday evening in August, is a time for us to pause for a few moments in our busy lives, get out into our neighborhoods and communities, and get to know each other - or know each other even better - at block parties and other fun, local events. National Night Out is also a great way to get to know by name the police officers who work in our areas. Above all, it's a great way to build cohesive, connected, safe neighborhoods.
There are already more than 1,470 National Night Out events registered this evening in Minneapolis - that's like 25 per square mile in our city. If you are already planning to host or attend one of these block parties, thank you for your investment in your community and in public safety. If you aren’t currently planning to attend one, I encourage you to find one in your neighborhood and take some time to stop by tonight. You can find the full list of registered events here. I'm planning to hit several of them myself.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our neighborhoods healthy and safe. We couldn't do it without you. Have fun tonight!
Mayor Betsy Hodges
City of Minneapolis
Last updated Aug 5, 2014