Minneapolis has a special message for folks at National Night Out

Minneapolis is making a special pitch this year to encourage the thousands of people who attend National Night Out block parties to stay involved in keeping our city safe throughout the year. By signing up for Minneapolis Crime Alerts or helping update their Neighborhood Policing Plans, residents can get even more involved in keeping Minneapolis safe, while building important relationships with their neighbors and law enforcement.

Print off these fliers and share them with your neighbors at National Night Out:

Download a flier on signing up for Minneapolis Crime Alerts

Download a flier on the Neighborhood Policing Plan meetings

Minneapolis has consistently been at the top of the list of cities with great turnout for National Night Out. This year, nearly 1,100 block parties will bring thousands of people together across the city Aug. 4. National Night Out activities help build and maintain Minneapolis’ extensive network of neighborhood watch block clubs by giving people an opportunity to get together with neighbors, build relationships, meet new people, discuss issues and plan for the future.

But attending National Night Out is just one way folks can be active in keeping our neighborhoods safe. This year, the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department will be encouraging NNO-goers to take advantage of opportunities to stay informed and get involved in keeping our city safe year-round.

Minneapolis Crime Alerts

The Minneapolis Police Department has launched a new crime alert service that folks can receive by cell phone, through e-mail, or online. Anyone can sign up to stay connected with important public safety news in their area, including crime alerts, community updates, and important advisories. Signing up is easyjust go to www.nixle.com. On the page, you can find Minneapolis under the "Featured cities" section.

Neighborhood Policing Plans

Also, residents in every Minneapolis neighborhood have unique opportunities to work with police to help shape their Neighborhood Policing Plan Web page to find out when meetings will be held this fall.

The Neighborhood Policing Plans are part of continuing community and Police Department efforts to focus on neighborhood concerns, which vary from place to place. In addition to addressing concerns, the plans also focus on policing strategy, neighborhood engagement, monitoring results, and other things that are specific to each neighborhood.

Published Jul. 31, 2009