Tuesday night, August 7th is National Night Out. It’s the 35th consecutive year that the event has taken place.
The event provides an opportunity for the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to join forces with thousands of other communities across the country in promoting cooperative, police-community crime prevention efforts. Neighborhood Watch groups play a vital role in assisting the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office through joint crime, drug and violence prevention efforts in El Paso County and is supporting “National Night Out 2018” locally.
Multiple neighborhoods have registered. Check with your local Neighborhood Watch groups to see if they are participating.
In 1981, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) was founded to connect community watch programs across the nation and provide them the resources they needed to make a difference in their neighborhoods.
In 1984, the NATW officially introduced National Night Out as a night where community members and local police officers would band together to meet with each other, discuss community safety concerns, and celebrate the neighborhoods where they live. It is a night for residents to forge a positive bond with the law enforcement officers that are tasked with protecting their community.