Police Department: National Night Out
It's America's Night Out Against Crime
An exciting change is happening this year when the citizens of Forest Grove join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "29th Annual National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by the Forest Grove Police Department, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.
Forest Grove Neighborhood Watch groups are organizing National Night Out in their own neighborhoods with potlucks/barbeques, games for children along with visits from Forest Grove Police Officers in an effort to put emphasis on crime prevention in your own backyard. While the first Tuesday in August is designated as "National Night Out", the Forest Grove Police Department is making an effort to accommodate neighborhood functions on other dates in early August to better meet the needs of our community and neighborhood watch organizations.
National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners.
National Night Out is designed to:
- Heigthen crime and drug prevention awareness;
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime prgorams;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back; and
- It's also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better.
We all have ownership in our community and feel we can better reach out to our citizens by joining them in their own neighborhoods. There is a direct relationship between the livability of a community and to what degree its citizens choose to be involved. We applaud all of you who are involved in Neighborhood Watch. You make a difference.