TPD Press Release:
In 1984, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) hosted the first National Night Out. This event was held on the first Tuesday in August and has become a traditional annual event. The first year, 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities in 23 states participated. Today, participation is at 34 million people in over 10,000 communities from all 50 states.
What is National Night Out and what is it designed to do? National Night Out:
Heightens crime and drug prevention awareness
Generates support for and participation in local anti-crime programs
Strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Sends a message to criminals that neighborhood are organized and fighting back.
The Tallahassee Police Department’s Community Relations Unit has celebrated National Night Out since the early nineties. In the past, we’ve assisted local communities in hosting neighborhood block parties and sponsored citywide parties at Tom Brown Park and the North Florida Fairgrounds. We’ve encouraged neighborhoods to turn on their lights and “give crime a going away party”.
On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, the Tallahassee Police Department will be celebrating the 27th Annual National Night Out in a very traditional way. Rather than taking citizens out of their neighborhoods and leaving their homes susceptible to burglary and other crime, officers from the Community Relations Unit will be making the rounds visiting those neighborhoods hosting NNO events.
Several neighborhoods are hosting potluck dinners, ice cream socials, flashlight walks, or holding their monthly Neighborhood Watch meetings. The CRU Officers will be distributing goodie bags containing crime prevention tips and giveaways to those neighborhoods hosting an event. The Target store located on Apalachee Parkway will include sidewalk chalk in the bags for children present at the event. Community Relations Unit supervisor Sergeant Rhonda Scott says, “Celebrating National Night Out is the perfect opportunity for neighbors to get outside and meet each other, while showing unity and cohesiveness against those who threaten the safety of their neighborhood.”
Patrol officers that are on-duty that night will be riding through neighborhoods as calls for service allow, with their overheard lights on to show criminals that we’re fighting back against crime. We request neighbors do the same by turning on their porch lights and helping to give crime a “going away party!”
For more information about National Night Out contact the Community Relations Unit at 891-4251.