RELEASE DATE: July 15th 2007 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – August 7th
Millions to Spend a ‘Night Out’ Against Crime
On Tuesday, August 7th, citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses, and local officials in over 11,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide will join forces to make the “24th Annual National Night Out” (NOO) – which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) – in partnership with Target and the U.S. Department of Justice. Nationally, over 35 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ this year.
The purpose of National Night Out is to give neighbors an opportunity to get together in a setting close to home. Familiarity and communication among neighbor’s rank among the most effective crime prevention strategies. NNO is an opportunity for deputies to interact with residents in a positive, relaxed and informal way.
National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime, drug and violence prevention awareness;
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
- Send a message to criminals letting them know the neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
National Night Out History
The National Association of Town Watch introduced National Night Out in 1984. This was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin. Peskin felt that a high profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally in order to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts. Due to low numbers of people participating in crime watch programs he proposed a national program, which would be coordinated by local crime prevention agencies and organizations and would also involve the entire community at one time. The first National Night Out was introduced early in 1984 – with the event culminating on the first Tuesday in August.
While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies, and meetings. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie” says Peskin.
If you decide to plan a NNO event, contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at (402) 444-6131 or visit the National Night Out Website.
Let us know that you’re interested in being a part of National Night Out or having a deputy attend your event, based on availability. We would like to assist you any way we can and get an idea of how many events we will need to attend.