National Night Out
Get out and meet your neighbors!
Need a reason for a block party? Plan one for next year and get to know neighbors, local officials and how to fight crime. National Night Out is a yearly nationwide observance sponsored by local police departments to encourage interaction between neighbors as a crime prevention tool. Law enforcement officials also use the event to teach other safety measures to residents. Neighborhoods throughout the City of Mansfield are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.
Reports from the 2006 celebration noted more than 34 million people participated, representing 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. City of Mansfield Nation Night Out has grown to more than 50 neighborhood parties registered city wide. The City has received national recognition for the combined city wide efforts.
- Neighbors getting to know and socialize with each other with the goal that the more they get to know each other, the more likely they are to watch out for each other. This would enable them to know what activity is normal and what is suspicious, and to take action. They are encouraged to meet neighbors surrounding their homes by completing forms with contact information.
- Mansfield PD will ask residents to focus on crime prevention that results in their own neighborhood crime watch. The more neighbors get to know each other, the more they look out for each other. By this, it allows neighbors to share information and will aid in their own crime watch prevention on keeping homes, neighborhoods, and the city safe.
We believe in the two focuses we will be able to meet the Goals and objectives of National Night Out.
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
- Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts;
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and
- Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back!
Notes For Potential Coordinators
Every year we encourage small block parties. Coordinators consist of homeowners associations with no Crime Watch program; Crime Watch program, but no homeowners association; and neighbors just wanting to have a block party. Many HOA's had small block parties for an hour or so and then would come together in their pool or park areas and have a large community event (or the reverse). This was very successful. We will encourage that again this year.
The Police and Fire will attempt to visit all parties. The schedule is based on first come, first serve in registrations. The visits cannot be guaranteed due to manpower and public safety call load, but strong efforts are made every year.
To register for visits for the Police & Fire:
The following information is requested: Party Coordinators Name, address, phones, email, Party location(s) & plans if you know them.
You may also register with NATW online and they will send you an information packet. http://natw.org/registration/ Please know this is separate from registering with the Police Department!! To register with the Police Department contact our Community Resource Division at 817-276-4725.
If your party is planning on blocking the roadway, be sure that a permit has been obtained at City Hall, 1200 East Broad Street; 817-276-4200.
- Sunglass contest,
- Coloring contest,
- Matchbox car races,
- Building shoe box car models,
- Car shows,
- Catch a thief games
- Race car decorations....
Thank you so much for considering hosting a party! It is because of individual efforts like yours that we are able to reach thousands in sharing this crime prevention campaign and reduce crimes like auto theft & burglary in Mansfield, and what a fun way to do it!!!
Email Officer Scott Rinehart for questions or information.