Minneapolis earns high ranking for National Night Out participation

Once again, Minneapolis has been recognized as a national leader in how it plans and carries out its annual National Night Out events. Minneapolis placed second in the nation for the number of National Night Out gatherings held in 2010 among cities with populations greater than 300,000. Minneapolis finished just behind San Antonio, and ahead of Houston and Austin, Tex., and Los Angeles in the 2010 awards sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

This year’s award was an especially significant accomplishment because Minneapolis had fewer resources and personnel available to plan the event. Despite diminished resources, nearly 55,000 Minneapolis residents gathered on Aug. 3 at 968 events in every neighborhood of the city to celebrate National Night Out. Minneapolis’ effort, which was coordinated by the Minneapolis Police Department, resulted in activities ranging from small get-togethers in yards to elaborate events in parks and on blocked-off streets.

National Night Out is a crime prevention effort that aims to reduce crime by encouraging neighbors to get to know one another. When people know one another, they are more likely to watch out for one another and call police about suspicious activity. 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, meet new people and discuss issues.

A video documenting many of the City's Night Out festivities is now airing on City Cable channel 14. The video was produced by Video Services. For more information about Minneapolis National Night Out, visit MinneapolisMN.gov/NNO.

Dec. 9, 2010

Published Dec. 9, 2010