The Ventura Police Department invites the community to participate in National Night Out! The national event, now in its 33rd year, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1 in neighborhoods throughout the community.
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.
Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
National Night Out is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Ventura Police Department. Over 38 million neighbors across 16,000 communities around the nation participate in the annual community building campaign.
Participating neighborhoods are asked to turn on outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events. Some event ideas include, but are not limited to, ice cream socials, disaster preparedness, games, contests, discussing neighborhood issues or setting neighborhood goals, food or clothing donations, plan a clean-up day or beautify a common area. It’s up to you! Be creative, have fun and celebrate your neighborhood! For additional ideas or questions, contact VPD Civic Engagement at 339-4317.
Register your neighborhood for this year’s event today on the Ventura Police Department’s website. Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend neighborhood gatherings as time and circumstances permit. Register now and begin planning your event with your neighbors!
National Night Out is an opportunity to enhance relationships between neighbors and police officers while bringing back a true sense of community. In 2016, Ventura neighborhoods hosted chalk drawing contests, BBQs, ice cream socials, front yard chats, children’s bike parades and more. National Night Out started in 1984 and has since swept across the nation. It is an annual event in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide.