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National Night Out

National Night Out 2018 has been a great success at many cities and towns around the SF Bay Area as well as across the USA. This is the 35th Anniversary of an event that was created to bring the community together but also as a way to bring “community policing” and a friendlier face of the police to the local communities that they serve.

Local events included those in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Menlo Park, ten neighborhoods across San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento and many other cities in the SF Bay Area, California and across the USA.

Here is a promo video from the City of Auburn, the National Night Out Facebook page and website.  Here is a nice article in the Baltimore Sun.

The purpose of National Night Out is to reclaim the streets from violence and foster good community relationships between the community and law enforcement officials. (Algerina Perna & Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun video)

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the USA and Canada. According to Wikipedia:

The event has been held annually since 1984, and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.[2] National Night Out began simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes.[2] The first National Night Out involved 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states; National Night Out 2016 involved 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States.[3]

The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug preventiontown watchneighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.