Written by Melisa Damcevska
From its creation in 1984 to the events we see across the nation today, National Night Out has grown into a celebration of community safety and togetherness that 16,000 communities across the country participate in.
Every year on the first Tuesday in August, towns across America come together and host events like block parties, festivals, cookouts, exhibitions and presentations from community organizations – a long way from the lights on and front porch vigils that National Night Out originated from.
The program builds on the community policing model that brings citizens and law enforcement together so that we can build trust and relationships that helps keep communities safe.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 will mark another year of the celebration of community togetherness. Locally in Middlesex County, New Jersey, communities like Spotswood, Dunellen, Metuchen and South Brunswick – just to name a few – take part in the annual celebration of their communities with tabling events, games, food and prizes.
National Night Out is an opportunity for all members who live and work in a community to connect and interact and also learn about drug and crime prevention and general health and safety. In a world where technology and social media is quickly overcoming face-to-face interaction, National Night Out is an incredibly important and fun way to learn and bond with your community. Contact your local police department to find out about an event near you!