Tonight, nearly 1,100 block parties will bring Minneapolis citizens together in an effort to increase relationships and decrease crime.
Every first Tuesday of August, National Night Out (NNO) gives neighbors a chance to unite through food, fun activities and common goals. National Night Out is not only a fun opportunity to meet neighbors, but also a culmination of crime reduction efforts.
While kids are busy riding bikes or playing games, adults can discuss neighborhood issues and plans for the future. Block clubs, groups of neighbors who watch out for each other and report crime, can organize or reform.
Minneapolis crime alerts and neighborhood policing plans are new methods for residents to stay informed and get involved with crime prevention. Crime alerts will notify residents of recent activity via cell phone, e-mail or online. Policing plans address community concerns and focus on policing strategy and neighborhood engagement that are specific to each neighborhood.
NNO events are scheduled in Downtown East, Downtown West, Loring Park, Marcy Holmes and the North Loop. For lists of NNO events by street and neighborhood, visit, http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno/events-list.asp.
General Mills Foundation, Minnesota Twins, Target and Nickelodeon Universe are sponsoring this year’s NNO. NNO events will have free Mystery Point Passes for Nickelodeon Universe at MOA and Minnesota Twins vouchers to hand out.
Residents are encouraged to submit an NNO follow-up survey, which must be completed by August 12 in order to be eligible for the $100 gift card drawing. You can also send your best 2009 NNO digital photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for the NNO report.