7.16.12 National Night Out 2012

16 July 2012 by Sgt. Tim Frey

The 29th Annual National Night Out (NNO) program will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

Last year, National Night Out 2011 involved over 37 million people in 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. In Lancaster City there were over a dozen block parties, along with several smaller neighborhood parties. National Night Out 2012

is expected to be the largest ever.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:

-Heighten crime prevention awareness

-Generate support for, and participation in local anticrime programs

-Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

-Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events. Lancaster City residents who wish to close their block for National Night Out 2012 must contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOOSE) at 291-4758 and secure a permit application. There is no charge for block party permits for National Night Out.

The newest NATIONAL Night Out corporate partner is NextDoor.com which is a private social network, like Facebook, but for your neighborhood.