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A community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, which is annually held on the first Tuesday in August,

National Night Out was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities.

Some of these programs include:

  • Drug prevention
  • town watch
  • Neighborhood watch
  • Other anti=watch

One of the largest National Night Out events is on the west side of Columbus, Ohio.  the Ogden Block Watch in Columbus organizes one of the largest festivals which include live music, food and entertainment.

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Events around the country are normally organized by block watches, non-for-profit organizations, companies and police departments.  These events can be as simple as backyard barbecues to full-blown festivals. Post on social media using #NationalNightOutDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.


National Night Out has been celebrated since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of town Watch in the United States and Canada.

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