City marks yet another successful National Night Out

On Aug. 7, approximately 60,000 Minneapolis residents took time to get together at nearly 1,400 National Night Out gatherings throughout the city. Many neighborhood events were visited by an elected official, a police officer or a firefighter in an effort to reach out to residents.

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. In Minneapolis, National Night Out block parties help build and maintain our extensive network of neighborhood watch block clubs by giving people an opportunity to get together with neighbors, meet new people and discuss issues.

Minneapolis consistently earns national recognition as a leader in its National Night Out participation. Last year, Minneapolis was honored by the National Association of Town Watch for placing first in the nation for the number of National Night Out gatherings held among cities with populations greater than 250,000.

 

Published Aug. 14, 2012