On Tuesday, August 7th, neighborhoods throughout Maplewood are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "35th Annual National Night Out" (NNO)crime and drug prevention event. National Night OUT, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by the Maplewood Police Department, will involve over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 38 million people are expected to participate in 'America's Night Out Against Crime.
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
From 5 to 9 p.m. on August 7th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Maplewood and across the Nation, are asked to lock the doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Maplewood will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, mini carnivals and visits from police and fire personnel.
The Maplewood Police Department invites all communities, neighborhoods, churches and business to organize a block party and register for this year's event.