National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. National Night Out is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday of August. This year, National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 2. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. This event provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. National Night Out was founded by the National Association of Town Watch in 1983. National Association of Town Watch is the nation’s premier nonprofit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation. National Association of Town Watch recognizes cities for their efforts to promote National Night Out. Modesto was recognized in 2015 as second in California among cities with like populations and sixth in the nation.
Throughout the nation, along with the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils, there are thousands of block parties, cookouts, parades, ice cream socials, neighborhood flashlight walks, safety fairs, poster and essay contests, and neighborhood meetings. There are also visits by law enforcement agencies, City Officials, Fire Department, City Departments such as Parks and Recreation and other events and activities that celebrate the spirit of National Night Out. Modesto is very fortunate to have a strong community partnership with neighborhood watch groups, church groups, and businesses to promote and celebrate National Night Out. It is rewarding to our officers and the community to be able to get together and visit with each other at block parties meeting one-on-one to build relationships. There are several events leading up to National Night Out where we promote being a good neighbor and watching out for each other such as Dog Walker Watch on June 24, Moband Concert in the Park July 7, Safety Fairs, Town Hall Meetings, Coffee with the Cops, and Neighborhood Watch meetings.
In 2015 Modesto residents hosted 174 parties with 447 neighborhoods joining together. Modesto is a “City of Great Neighbors” whose residents are very familiar with National Night Out and the enthusiasm seems to be growing more and more every year. We are also seeing more residents have parties at their neighborhood parks. This is great because it then encompasses the neighbors from several streets around the park thus making a positive impact on the neighborhood growing stronger ties and interest in neighborhood watch. A good neighbor is the best crime prevention tool you have because when neighbors know each other they are more apt to keep an eye out for one another. So get busy and schedule a neighborhood watch meeting and register your neighborhood for a National Night Out Party. Together we can make a difference!
To contact Modesto Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, call Rosie Garcia 209.572.9636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Stephany Valadez 209.572.9639 or email email@example.com by July 17 to register your National Night Out party or to organize a neighborhood watch meeting.
By Community Service Officer Rosie Garcia & Stephany Valadez, Modesto Police Department