In 1984, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) hosted the first National Night Out. This event was held on the first Tuesday in August and has become a traditional annual event. The first year, 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities in 23 states participated. Today, participation is at 34 million people in over 10,000 communities from all 50 states.
National Night Out is a positive community event. It :
- Heightens crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generates support for and participation in local anti-crime programs
- Strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
- Sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) and Target Corporation will be hosting a National Night Out Event on August 2, 2011 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at Kleman Plaza, located in the green space on the west side of Duval Street, just south of College Avenue. The “28th Annual National Night Out” is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The Tallahassee Police Department’s Community Relations Unit, as well as local vendors, will be on-site to share home and business security information and services available to help protect you and your property. TPD and Target Corporation cordially invite all citizens, local law enforcement agencies, neighborhood associations, and local officials from all surrounding counties to be part of our National Night Out 2011 Team. The Tallahassee Police Department’s Community Relations Unit has celebrated National Night Out since the early 1990’s. In the past, they have assisted local communities in hosting neighborhood block parties and sponsored citywide parties at Tom Brown Park and the North Florida Fairgrounds.TPD and Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) encouraged neighborhoods to turn on their lights and “give crime a going away party.”
Be sure to be part of the nation’s largest annual crime and drug prevention event. TPD requests that if any local organization is interested in participating, please contact the Tallahassee Police Department’s Community Relations Unit at (850) 891-4251 by July 29th.
The Neighborhood Watch Program is one of many successsful anti-crime efforts highlighted in this year’s event. TPD participates in Homeowner Association’s meetings throughout the community and are eager to assist in the establishment of active homeowner crime watch programs.