National Night Out is a campaign that takes place on a single night across the nation which commemorates law enforcement and first responders and allows the community to gather together to celebrate camaraderie, enhance neighborly relationships and promote stronger police-community partnership. The idea was kickstarted in 1984 with two million participants and is expected to grow to over 38 million neighbors this year.
This is an opportunity for everyone to meet first responders and see their vehicles, understand who they are and what they do for the community, learn about safety, and what to do and who they can turn to in emergency situations. Of course, it’s only one night, but it’s a way to encourage everyone in the community to work together with law enforcement towards the common goal of a safer place for everyone to live, work and visit all year. This allows the community to come to law enforcement with questions and ideas, and get to know who’s who on the response side of an emergency.