City prepares for 29th annual National Night Out

Once again, the Police Department, partnering City departments and elected officials are finalizing preparations for yet another successful National Night Out. Minneapolis is a national leader in its National Night Out participation, and the Police Department is anticipating a record number of gatherings for this year’s National Night Out, which is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Last year, more than 60,000 people gathered at 1,173 National Night Out events throughout Minneapolis. That level of participation earned Minneapolis a first-place ranking among U.S. cities with populations greater than 250,000. Minneapolis’ 2012 National Night Out seems certain to exceed last year’s participation record. So far, the City has received registrations for 1,356 gatherings (1,073 for street-permit events, 267 for yard gatherings, and 16 alley gatherings).

Now entering its 29th year in Minneapolis, National Night Out is an annual nationwide crime prevention effort that aims to reduce crime by encouraging neighbors to get to know one another. When people know one another, police say they are more likely to watch out for one another and call police about suspicious activity. National Night Out block parties help build and maintain Minneapolis’ extensive network of neighborhood watch block clubs by giving people an opportunity to get together with neighbors, meet new people and discuss issues.

Minneapolis’ National Night Out success is the result of many contributions from City staff and elected officials. The Police Department takes the lead role in coordinating National Night Out. The department helps neighborhoods with event preparation, distributes promotional flyers, assembles registration packets and coordinates visits to ensure many parties are visited by a member of the Police Department.

Other City departments play key roles in National Night Out. Minneapolis 311 staff members help residents register their block parties and apply for street closure permits. Public Works will be putting up barricades to close streets. Firefighters, as well as the mayor and City Council members, attend a number of National Night Out events.

 

Published Jul 31, 2012