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City and Neighborhoods Organize for National Night Out, Country-wide Public Safety Effort

City leaders join families throughout metro to connect directly on public safety and other priorities.

Aug. 3, 2021

Tonight, neighborhoods across Albuquerque will participate in National Night Out, a public safety effort centered on countering crime through building police-community partnerships and strengthened social bonds. City leaders, including the Mayor and First Lady, will join events throughout the evening.

The national event is sponsored locally by the Albuquerque Police Department, the Crime Prevention Unit, and the Office of Neighborhood Coordination. Events are organized all over the city, and provide opportunities to gather with neighbors, welcome newcomers, and show solidarity in the effort to create safer spaces and fight crime through community building.

“I’m grateful that our neighborhoods are able to come together again this year for National Night Out,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Engagement and connection between families and public safety professionals is crucial in fighting crime from all sides. This coordinated effort to strengthen public safety through organized, connected communities is an opportunity to renew and reinforce our social fabric, and we look forward to talking to residents all across the city about their top priorities.”

“We’re so glad to be a part of this nationwide initiative and so grateful for all of the neighborhood leaders bringing people together here in our city to talk about how we can create safer communities for our families and our kids through supportive neighborhoods and public safety partnerships,” First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller said.

National Night Out objectives include crime and drug prevention awareness; participation and support for local anti-crime efforts; neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; renewing and establishing neighborly connection; and presenting an organized front against crime.

“As the last year has presented many challenges for law enforcement, we as a police department continue to work on building community trust,” said Chief Harold Medina. “Being a part of National Night Out is a great way for our department to continue building strong relationships with the residents we serve.”

The list of scheduled National Night Out events can be viewed here. If you’d like to register an organized event, you can do it here.