Neighborhood groups have until today to register with the Rocky Mount Police Department to sponsor a National Night Out event.
National Night Out is the official name for the national night out against crime, which brings nearly 40 million people across the country together with their neighbors to fight crime and drugs in their communities. While many towns and cities hold one centralized event, Rocky Mount has smaller events throughout the city.
Fifteen neighborhoods have registered to hold National Night Out events Aug. 5, said Rocky Mount police Community Services Supervisor Yvette Jones, but the department is encouraging more to register by today’s deadline.
“Once registered, neighborhoods will determine their activity for National Night Out,” Jones said. “Last year, we had events like parades, cook-outs, ice cream socials, DJs, movie nights and block parties.”
Registration ensures that participants receive a banner for the event and visits from police staff who will give presentations and displays on topics such as drugs, gangs, child safety or home security, she said.
For years, the police department sponsored one big National Night Out event on Church Street. But to increase the focus on neighborhoods, the department decided to have neighborhoods register to hold their own National Night Out events, in which only members of that community may attend.
“National Night Out has a clear message,” Jones said. “And it’s that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.”