National Night Out 2017

National Night Out is a community-police awareness event held annually on the first Tuesday of August.

History of National Night Out

National Night Out, ‘America’s Night Out against crime’, is an event that raises community-police awareness, introduced by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit, crime management association in 1984. It is celebrated on the first Tuesday of August. National Association of Town Watch is a dedicated organization that aims at the development, growth and maintenance of organised crime and drug prevention activities nationwide. Today its network has spread up including more than 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations. In Texas it is celebrated on October 4th, to avoid hot weather.

National Night Out was designed by Matt A. Peskin, the Executive Director of National Association of Town Watch. In Peskin’s words, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighbourhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence; National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighbourhoods safer places throughout the year. It is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes and to expand and strengthen programmes for the next 364 days.” 

Why National Night Out is Celebrated

National Night Out is celebrated to enhance community-police awareness and to improve participation in local anti-crime activities.

National Night Out aims at the below mentioned goals.

  • Crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support and enhance participation in local anti-crime efforts
  • Strengthen police-community partnerships
  • To let the criminals know the fact that neighbourhoods are active and ready to fight back.
  • Intensifies neighbourhood spirit

How National Night Out is Celebrated

Initially communities held lights-on vigils as part of National Night Out celebrations.

Nowadays National Night Out celebrations include various events and activities such as, cookouts, visits from local police and sheriff departments, block parties, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, rallies, meetings, contests and youth programmes. The National Night Out 2010 was a grand event with more than 37 million people from over 15,000 communities being a part of it.