National Night Out is Tuesday, August 1!

National Night Out is an annual community event to promote neighborhood camaraderie and positive interactions with the police.  The event harkens back to a time when communities interacted with one another and communicated about the neighborhood in which they lived.  National Night Out is the first Tuesday night in August; this year it falls on Tuesday, August 1.  National Night Out is planned and presented by your neighborhood watch members.

During National Night Out, citizens are encouraged to plan block parties, festivities or cook-outs and go outside to engage with one another for a night of good fun.  National Night Out is an effort to “take back the night” from would-be criminals.  Most National Night Out events include safety demonstrations, youth events and visits from emergency personnel.  “Each year, this event is a wonderful way for Portage residents and members of the Portage Public Safety Department to unite in expressing our common goal of keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe,” said Portage Public Safety Director, Nicholas Armold.  “Portage is a great place to live and as a team, the public and the Public Safety Department will continue to work together to ensure that Portage remains a safe place for our families.  I hope that everyone will join us on National Night Out to have some fun.”

The events are organized individually by each Neighborhood Watch for a more personal experience.  Those interested should contact the members of their local neighborhood watch for more details or events.   Neighborhood watch members who wish to have the Portage Department of Public Safety attend their event may contact the Community Policing Desk at 324-9255.