National night out 2012 award handed to New Brighton
March 16, 2013 by James
The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) recently awarded New Brighton as first in the state, and second in the country, for its planning and participation in the 2012 annual National Night Out. No doubt poster printing and flyer printing were used to make those in the community aware of this notable achievement.
National Night Out (NNO) was introduced on 1984 by the NATW to help communities participate in their own efforts in preventing crime in their neighborhoods. The way this is achieved is to encourage neighbors to get to know one another so that they can be on the lookout themselves, become familiar with their neighbors’ habits, and report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.
On the day specified for NNO, communities hold special celebrations that may include barbeques or potluck meals, general socializing and playing games. Local government officials, members of the police force, firefighting officials, and civic groups usually visit the many block parties held in the cities and towns.
According to Bob Jackson, Director of Public Safety for New Brighton, last year saw over 10,000 residents participated in 147 parties organized in the city. The number of people attending an event can range from a dozen at a small gathering to over 200. There were puppet shows, barbeques, live music, and a visit from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center’s birds of prey. The city’s NNO celebrations for 2012 were organized by Trevor Hamdorf, Crime Prevention Officer for the city.