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. Since the first event in 1984, millions of neighbors have taken part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states.
While National Night Out typically takes place the first Tuesday in August each year, 2020 had other plans. This year’s events are planned for Tuesday, October 6th, and registration is currently underway! All Grand Junction neighborhoods who register their National Night Out events with the Grand Junction Police Department will have an officer stop by and visit them during the event to provide safety information and answer questions.
What does a National Night Out event look like?
That’s completely up to you and your neighbors! In years’ past, we’ve seen neighborhoods organize ice cream socials, host pizza parties, have all of the residents bring their BBQs into their driveways for a cookout, or just meet in someone’s yard for cookies and lemonade. You can find a whole list of possibilities here. The idea is to customize your neighborhood event so it encourages and invites participation from those who live around you.
What impact will COVID-19 have on my neighborhood event this year?
We are encouraging neighborhoods to follow all best public health practices when planning their NNO event. Small gatherings are best, with events held outdoors. If you plan to have food at your event, provide prepackaged items to grab and go, rather than dishes that require shared utensils. Consider wearing a masks and adhering to social distancing guidance. Most importantly, be sure to stay home if you’re sick. Officers will be wearing masks during their visits to neighborhood events.
How do I register my neighborhood?
Simply visit our National Night Out website. Please keep in mind that only neighborhoods within the city limits of Grand Junction can register their National Night Out events through our website. Check with your local law enforcement jurisdiction to see if they are participating in NNO events in your area. Not sure if you live in the city limits of Grand Junction? You can check here. Registration closes on October 2nd.
How do I know if someone else in my neighborhood has already registered an event for us?
As people register their neighborhoods, the information will show up on our National Night Out website. There’s a link to see which neighborhoods have registered and who is hosting the event. You can also call our Community Resource Unit at (970)549-5331 for more information.
What kinds of things do neighborhoods do during National Night Out?
Are you thinking of hosting an event for your neighborhood? Get some event ideas here.
Check out some photos from previous year’s events on our Facebook page.