City strives to make 2012 National Night Out yet another success  

The 29th Annual National Night Out event is Tuesday, Aug. 7. Once again, Minneapolis’ nationally recognized effort, coordinated by the Minneapolis Police Department with the able assistance other departments, will organize hundreds of get-togethers ranging from small front yard gatherings to elaborate events in parks and on blocked-off streets.  

Event registration is underway. Whether it's your first time planning an event or you're continuing a tradition of years on your block, register your event online or through 311. If you want to block off your street, you can do so for free through July 24. Not all streets can be blocked, depending on traffic flow. From July 25 through August 2, there is a $100 fee. After August 2, no applications for blocking off a street will be accepted.

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, hold block parties and get to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.

Last year, more than 60,000 Minneapolis residents gathered during National Night Out to celebrate with a record 1,173 events in all 83 neighborhoods of the city. An improved, easier to use online registration process, the quality customer service from 311, and the hard work of the City’s Crime Prevention Specialists were just a few of the reasons for the increased participation.



Published Jun 20, 2012