CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce that there are 19 neighborhood events organized by individuals or neighborhood groups for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st. Please see the attached document with a list of locations and hours for various events in all quadrants of Cedar Rapids.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. This will be the 34th anniversary for National Night Out and the 18th anniversary for Cedar Rapids to participate in National Night Out activities.
“I am encouraged by the number of citizens in Cedar Rapids who plan to participate in National Night Out,” says Chief of Police Wayne Jerman. “By participating in events like this, neighbors get to know one another and can work together with the police department to create a safe community. It is always a good idea to know your neighbors and know what is going on in your neighborhood. Working together, we can continue to prevent crime in our neighborhoods.”
In the evening on August 1st, neighbors throughout Cedar Rapids are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities celebrate National Night Out by hosting block parties, cookouts and various community events with safety demonstrations, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, and exhibits.
Neighbors have to come together, join forces, and take a stand against crime in their neighborhoods. National Night Out is a great way to reinforce the relationship with neighbors and local police officers. You can help prevent crime in the community by getting involved.