National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
- Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Neighborhoods throughout the community are encouraged to lock your doors, turn on their porch lights, gather with their neighbors to show unity against criminal activity and join City Council Members, other city officials and your public safety personnel. Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, swimming parties, cookouts and various other activities.
The purpose of National Night Out is to build strong partnerships between the police and communities and to promote crime awareness programs such Neighborhood Community Watch groups. According to NATW, last year's event was the largest ever, involving 38 million people in 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories and military bases worldwide.