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National Night Out

National Night Out 2020

While the impact of COVID-19 precludes our usual block parties, festivals, and cookouts, we can still seize upon this opportunity to engage in the traditional NNO activities of turning on our outside lights and holding front porch vigils.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Important points to consider when planning your NNO activities:

  1. Remember social distancing! Keep at least 6 feet of distance between members of your household and those of another.
  2. Don’t share food or beverages between households.
  3. Wash your hands and/or sanitize often!
  4. Refrain from participating in activities or games with neighbors from other households.
  5. We recommend conversing with immediate neighbors while staying on your own property.
  6. We do NOT recommend multi-household block parties, festivals, or cookouts.
  7. Please, do NOT participate in NNO activities if you are sick or feel unwell, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for, or been diagnosed with, COVID-19. 
  8. Wear a mask if you find yourself at a legal gathering (less than 10 people) with neighbors from other households

Please adhere at all times to the Governor’s and Mayor’s Orders!

Register for a Visit from CSPD

The College Station Police Department supports National Night Out and believes it is important to come together as a community, bond, and take a stand against crime. CSPD will be happy to stop by for a brief visit to get to better know you and your neighborhood and answer any questions you may have. While we would love for these visits to mirror those from years past, the above COVID-19 Safety Guidelines will be required.

We WILL wear masks and keep at least 6 feet of distance.

As much as we would like to, for safety reasons we will NOT be able to:

  1. Shake hands
  2. Share food or drinks
  3. Participate in unlawful gatherings
  4. Allow anyone to handle or touch police equipment (sadly, this includes vehicle tours)

What is National Night Out

Officer Mable playing basketball

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. Together, we are making that happen. Each year over 38 million neighbors across 16 thousand communities from all 50 states, territories, and military bases participate in NNO. Learn more about NNO at natw.org/about.

The College Station Police Department (CSPD) supports NNO and believes it is important to unite as a community, bond together, and take a stand against crime. National Night Out is an annual event hosted by the National Association of Town Watch and occurs the first Tuesday in October each year. The College Station Police Department participates in National Night Out and is proud of the commitment our community has to this program.

The primary purpose of National Night Out is to get neighbors to leave their front porch lights on, showing their support with their local police departments in the fight against crime. Neighbors are encouraged to get out of their houses and meet other neighbors in the area and get to know them. The theory being that if neighbors meet and get to know each other, they are more apt to report suspicious activity in their neighborhood rather than “look the other way” when they see something noteworthy. When you know your neighbors and watch out for them, overall crime in the area is reduced.

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