National Night Out
August 2, 2016 is National Night Out in Roseville CA and throughout the United States! Also known as NNO.
What is National Night Out? According to the official website, “National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Per the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NCJRS, “National Night Out was established in 1984 with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice. The program is administered by the National Association of Town Watch, a nationwide organization dedicated to the development, maintenance, and protection of community-based, law enforcement affiliated crime prevention activities. National Night Out was developed as a crime prevention program that emphasizes building a partnership between the police and the community.”
It’s basically one night a year (the first Tuesday of the month) when neighbors make it a special point to come outside and say hi to other neighbors. National Night Out has many “faces.” It can be as simple as putting some chairs in your front yard and greeting your neighbors, organizing a potluck with your neighborhood watch, or planning a bigger gathering with your neighborhood associations. There are even a few places where they have a whole city festival.
National Night Out Roseville CA
Here in Roseville CA, most of the gatherings are neighborhood association get-togethers that include police officers, fire fighters, and city representatives. It’s a fun time when kids of all ages can check out the cool police and fire vehicles, meet and greet with neighbors and city officials and our awesome heroes in the police and fire department, play some games, meet some new friends in our neighborhood and enjoy our delightful town of Roseville!
If you’d like to join in with National Night Out but haven’t heard about it yet, contact the neighborhood association your home (rented or owned) is located in. If you don’t know your neighborhood association, go to the RCONA website. Start typing your address in the white box in the top left of the screen. Once you see the correct address under that, click on that address. You will then see a black box pointing at a tiny green dot in the area you live. Click on the GREEN DOT. It’s sometimes tricky to get it, but don’t click the black box yet. When the black box shows “property report,” then click those words. It will show you information about your home, including your neighborhood association under the location category. Once you know that, contact your neighborhood association via the info there. Or you can google the neighborhood name for their website or search facebook for the name for their page, if they have one or both. Not all do. In fact not all neighborhoods have a neighborhood association. That’s because not all neighborhood associations are currently active. (To activate one in your neighborhood, click here.) 🙂
National Night Out Greater Sacramento Valley Area
Some of the other cities in our Greater Sacramento Valley area that join in include:
National Night Out Fun
Whether you have your own block National Night Out or attend your neighborhood’s National Night Out, have a lovely time getting to know your neighbors. And even if you don’t go, it’s valuable to find and start attending your neighborhood association meetings and getting to know your neighbors and your local police officers. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂