Wednesday, July 31, 2013

You’re Invited: Join Richmond Police for a ‘Night Out’ Aug. 6

In preparation for the 30th anniversary of National Night Out, the Richmond Police Department is inviting all residents and neighborhood associations to be creative in their neighborhood parties on Tuesday, Aug. 6!

"National Night Out is a perfect time to underscore our community policing model by strengthening bonds between our police officers and residents," Mayor Dwight C. Jones said.  "Our city is safer because of events like this and I'm encouraging all neighborhoods to join us in recognizing the 30th anniversary celebration."

Community Youth and Intervention Services Captain John Hall said the annual event is one that is the perfect time for neighbors to get to know one another.

“They can organize small block parties, host simple backyard barbecues or fellowship at one of the larger community events,” he said. “And if they’re unable to attend an event, they can participate by simply turning on their porch lights.”

Richmond has previously ranked in the top 10 among cities its size across the country for National Night Out participation. The goal for 2013 is the top five. “We want groups – large and small – to join with us on Aug. 6,” Captain Hall said. “The more the merrier.”

The key to our ranking is registered participants. To register your National Night Out event, visit our website, and click on the 2013 National Night Out Online Registration.

We hope citizens will also join Richmond Police and Target stores for a National Night Out kickoff event from noon to 4 p.m. this, Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Forest Hill Avenue Target, 7107 Forest Hill Ave. Officers will be on hand with crime prevention materials and children’s fingerprinting ID kits. The festive atmosphere also will include free food.

National Night Out is a night designed to strengthen neighborhoods and the police-community partnership. The annual party also helps police officers and citizens work together to support anti-crime programs and heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness. For more information about National Night Out, please visit