National Night Out
On the first Tuesday of August, neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), APD Crime Prevention Unit and the Office of Neighborhood Coordination, will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 30 million people are expected to participate in "America’s Night Out Against Crime." NNO is being supported in part by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships;
- Renew old acquaintances and establish new friendships by getting to know your neighbor; and
- Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of August, residents in neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies.
National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On the first Tuesday of August, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join forces with us to Give Crime and Drugs A Going Away Party.”
The Albuquerque Police Department is inviting all neighborhoods organized in the Neighborhood Watch Program to join together to send a message to criminals that their community is fighting back against crime, gangs and drugs. We have asked each Block Captain to organize a potluck, party or other social event for the people in their area. We have also provided lists of those blocks to City officials, Area Commands and Crime Prevention personnel so they can attend as many individual events as possible.
National Night Out is an excellent opportunity for you and your neighbors to socialize, renew acquaintances, welcome new neighbors and join fellow citizens in our community’s fight against crime and our pursuit of a high quality of life. Plan to join us once again for another fun and enjoyable citywide celebration.
If you have questions pertaining to this year's National Night Out celebration, please call the APD Crime Prevention Unit/Steve Sink at 924-3600 for more details.