The 27th Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday brought Americans from across the country out to celebrate with festivities like block parties, cookouts, visits from local police departments, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests, and youth programs.
"Crime is up in many communities so NNO comes at an important time," Matt Peskin – who created the event for the National Association of Town Watch in 1984 – said in a press release. "We hope that citizens will enjoy Night Out – and also get involved in local town watch programs."
Last year’s event attracted 36 million local residents, local officials and personnel from law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, and neighborhood organizations in over 15,000 communities in the 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.
“It's a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie,” Peskin said on the event’s website.
One night of celebration will not stop violence, drug use, or crimes, Peskin said.
“National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year,” Peskin said. “[National Night Out] is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes—and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days."