As part of its commitment to the community, the Mukilteo Police Department has partnered with the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in its National Night Out program.
The NATW is a nonprofit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Since 1981, NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. NATW’s network has grown to include over 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations.
History of National Night Out
National Night Out, ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime,’ was introduced by the NATW in 1984. National Night Out is designed to: (1)Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2)Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3)Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4)Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The first year of National Night Out had 400 communities in 23 states participate in the event. In subsequent years, participation has grown steadily. The 32nd Annual National Night Out, in August 2015, involved 38 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of National Night Out, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.
If you are interested in participating, volunteering, or wish to register your block party, feel free to contact the Mukilteo Police Department Crime Prevention Officer at (425) 263-8100 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memories of Previous National Night Out Events in Mukilteo: