"NNO and Block Clubs"

Block clubs are the focus of Minneapolis' National Night Out (NNO). Block clubs are groups of neighbors who watch out for each other, report crimes and suspicious activity to 911, and work together to improve the quality of life on their block. We can help you organize or reactivate your block club, and register your National Night Out event (NNO) which we always celebrate on the first Tuesday of August.

There are many advantages to getting involved in a block club. Participants have easy access to such police services as home security checks, notification about crime patterns and crime statistics information. For many people, getting to know neighbors, particularly those from other cultures and backgrounds, is just plain fun. People who know their neighbors also feel more secure and less fearful. Ultimately, crime prevention experts report that neighbors watching out for each other help prevent crime and make life on our blocks safer and more livable. Block leaders are given priority seating for our Citizens Academy and the Fire Departments Community Emergency Response Team trainings.

Although Minneapolis already has a strong network of block clubs, many people have not yet reaped the advantages of participation, leaving themselves more vulnerable to crime and fear. Toward that end the Minneapolis Police Department has set a goal of organizing all blocks in Minneapolis. Right now, 80% of all blocks have a leader--you can help us get there sooner: Celebrating NNO with your neighbors to launch an active block club!

If you would like to help organize or reactivate a block club on your block or an apartment club in your building, contact your crime prevention specialist. Call 311 (or (612) 673-3000) or link to our directory of MPD Crime Prevention Specialists.

Last updated Sep 26, 2015