National Night Out Strengthens Connection Between Law Enforcement and Citizens

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For more than three decades, millions of Americans across thousands of communities have gathered together on the first Tuesday in August to celebrate National Night Out, an event promoting police-community partnerships and fostering neighborhood connections.

When the first National Night Out was held in 1984, more than 2.5 million citizens organized to give recognition to their local police forces. By 2016, the annual event had grown to include more than 38 million Americans across 16,000 communities. National Night Out celebrates police officers and provides an opportunity to thank them for the critical protection and services they so bravely provide. It’s the perfect occasion for citizens to get to know members of their town’s police force on a first-name basis, and vice versa.

While festivities vary by community (and many Texas towns choose to celebrate on the first Tuesday of October), National Night Out events often include block parties, parades, concerts, and cookouts, making it a family-friendly event enjoyed by people of all ages.

Emergency personnel are on hand to give safety demonstrations, explain their jobs to children, and talk about drug prevention and anti-crime initiatives in a relaxed, casual environment.

Standing behind those who serve

OnSolve has built strong connections with law enforcement communities across the country with the CodeRED solution used nationwide to send mass notifications to community members. Whether it’s making sure a few hundred neighbors are aware of National Night Out festivities or helping multiple government agencies manage critical communication to tens of thousands for a city-wide event like the Republican National Convention, CodeRED facilitates clear, concise, and immediate communications for residents.

Is your community one of the thousands that will honor its brave men and women in uniform this year? Get more details about your community’s plans here or register for free to organize a celebration befitting your town’s heroes.