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Time to Register for National Night Out

Time to Register for National Night Out

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. National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.  This will be the 35th anniversary for National Night Out and the 19th anniversary for Cedar Rapids to participate in National Night Out activities.  

“National Night Out is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors,” says Chief of Police Wayne Jerman.  “Effective crime prevention in your neighborhood is the result of neighbors who work together, look out for one another, and help each other by reporting suspicious activity or crime.  Our officers look forward to meeting with neighbors on National Night Out and throughout the year.”

From 6:00-8:00 p.m. on August 7th, neighbors throughout Cedar Rapids are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities celebrate National Night Out by hosting block parties, cookouts and various community events with safety demonstrations, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, and exhibits. 

Neighbors have to come together, join forces, and take a stand against crime in their neighborhoods. National Night Out is a great way to reinforce the relationship with neighbors and local police officers. You can help prevent crime in the community by getting involved. 

It is simple to host a National Night Out event. It can be done in three steps:

1.         Determine the location, time and refreshments.

2.         Go to www.cedar-rapids.org/police to download an invitation that can be customized and sent to neighbors.

3.         Invite your neighbors and enjoy the night! 

Your National Night Out event can be as simple as a potluck, cookout or dessert. One person can be responsible for the entire event or you can share the responsibility. But make sure to register! Cedar Rapids police officers will stop at each event throughout the community. 

To get more information on how to host an event or to register your event so that police officers can stop by and meet your neighborhoods, please visit www.cedar-rapids.org/police or contact Sgt. Laura Faircloth at 319-286-5425 or email your National Night Out time, location and event to l.faircloth@cedar-rapids.org.



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