National Night Out
National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime” was introduced in 1984 in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local crime fighting efforts. While the traditional “lights on” and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.
NNO is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, NNO represents the kind of energy, spirit and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year.
In 2007 35.4 million people in 11,310 communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide participated in NNO.
The Carteret National Night Out event is coordinated by Susan Skoczypiec since it’s inception in 1984, and has received a national award for participation for the last five consecutive years. We had over 750 citizen participants, 6 municipal employee participants and 8 police officer participants taking part in police visits, meetings and residential cookouts.