Registration is now open for National Night Out. Ventura neighborhoods are invited to participate on Tuesday, August 27. National Night Out is a national effort to celebrate neighborhoods and strengthen community relationships with local police departments. Ventura residents are invited to get together with their neighbors to plan an event in their neighborhood. Residents then register on the Ventura Police Department’s website for the night out and then on August 27 a caravan of police officers visits each of the registered spots.
This is the 36th anniversary of National Night Out with over 38 million people across the country expected to participate. Traditionally, the event is held on the first Tuesday of August but the Ventura Police Department provides services at the Ventura County Fair during that time so the event will take place at a later date on August 27.
National Night Out is designed to 1) Heighten crime and drug awareness; 2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; 3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships; and 4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and watching out for one another.
From 4 pm to 8 pm on August 27, 2019, residents in neighborhoods throughout Ventura are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQs to block parties. Some additional event ideas include, but are not limited to, ice cream socials, disaster preparedness, games, contests, discussing neighborhood issues, discuss or plan a Neighborhood Watch Program. It is an opportunity to be creative, have fun and celebrate your neighborhood.
Registration is free and allows the police and city representatives to attend local neighborhood events as time and circumstances permit. Submit the online registration form today at www.venturapd.org!