National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community event designed to build a healthier, safer city; to generate support for anti-crime programs; and to strengthen the police/community relationship. NNO is held on the first Tuesday of August and was started by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984. In 2010, the NNO campaign included citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, more than 37 million people participated in the program that year.In Lakewood, the night is a city coming together to celebrate year-long crime prevention efforts, to discuss current challenges within neighborhoods and to rededicate efforts to strengthen the community. The event provides opportunity for citizens and police to become acquainted, share common goals and recommit to work together to ensure success.Neighborhood block parties are an ideal way for neighbors to become acquainted in a relaxed setting. Along with block parties, displays of outdoor lights and front-porch gatherings, neighborhoods and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of activities:
National Night Out is a unique crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate neighborhood spirit and promote police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The Lakewood Police Department is encouraging each neighborhood, church or business organization to plan an activity such as a block party, cookout, or ice cream social. Organize your event now! Click on the button to register now!