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National Night Out

National Night Out

What is National Night Out?

National Night Out (NNO) is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). On the first Tuesday of August, residents in neighborhoods throughout the city of Auburn and across the nation are asked to turn on their outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with their neighbors. All neighborhoods are encouraged to be a part of AUBURN'S NIGHT OUT team by registering their neighborhood event. 

For more information on this program on a national level, visit the National Night Out website.

Who participates in National Night Out?

Over 38 million people in more than 17,000 communities around the country will participate in NNO this year. Auburn's 2019 NNO, had 52 registered events coordinated by residents within the City limits, including events in single-family neighborhoods, apartment complexes, condos, churches, supported housing and mobile home parks. Over 60 staff members, representing City of Auburn, Auburn Police Department, and Valley Regional Fire Authority, participated by visiting the events. 

When does National Night Out happen?

National Night Out is normally the first Tuesday in August each year but for 2021 it is a series of webinars. 

Where does National Night Out happen?

National Night Out events are hosted by resident coordinators throughout the City of Auburn in neighborhoods, apartment complexes, and mobile home communities. Anyone can be a coordinator and host a block party for their neighbors as long as they are within Auburn City limits.

Why participate in National Night Out?

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; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The benefits your community will derive from National Night Out will most certainly extend well beyond the one night. In addition to connecting with your neighbors, you can connect with Auburn City staff, including Auburn Police Department staff, by requesting their presence upon registration of your event.

How can residents get involved in National Night Out?   

  • Any Auburn resident can coordinate and host any type of National Night Out event including things like pot lucks, ice cream socials, full on block parties, etc.
  • Here is a Tips and Tricks (PDF) sheet to help you coordinate your event.
  • Registered events receive access to free advertising materials for their event as well as some supplies such as cases of water, paper towels, waste bags, and more.
  • Registering your event also allows you to request visits from City staff, Auburn Police Department, and Valley Regional Fire Authority. Please note that we do our best to accommodate all requests but may not be able to. If you have a particular question or concern you would like to address with staff at your event, please let us know via email or in the notes section of your registration.
  • If you would like to host a block party that requires closing a street in your neighborhood you'll need a Right-of-Way Use Permit. These generally take 3-4 weeks to process depending on the specifics of your request and require applicants to provide a completed application form, insurance certificate, permission/petition in favor of the block party from all adjacent neighbors, a traffic control plan showing how you intend to close the street including the specific signs and barricade that you intend to use to close the street and an application fee. Additional information and the application (PDF) for a Right-of-Way Use Permit for a Block Party can be found at Permits & Licenses page.

For more info, please call 253-876-1988 or email Chris Lovings, the Neighborhood Programs Coordinator.