Once upon a time, we kept our porch lights on. We opened the door even if we didn't know who rang the bell. And parents weren't afraid to send their children out trick-or-treating in their own neighborhood.
Times have changed and in response, there are many national and community efforts to help us take back that feeling of safety in our neighborhoods. One such effort is National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime supported by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
NATW is the nation's premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation.
About the Program
Through NNO, neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.
National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
In Cañon City, NNO is celebrated in a variety of ways with enormous support and participation from community members. In 2015, Cañon City was chosen as a National Award Winner. Since then, the Cañon City Police Department (CCPD) has received this prestigious recognition through the National Association of Town Watch for 4 consecutive years.
National Night Out is an annual event and takes place on the first Tuesday of August. For more information on NNO, to donate, volunteer or participate, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit.