It's National Night Out day and South Florida is joining in!
The National Association of Town Watch launched the annual National Night Out campaign in 1984. In its more than 30 year history, NNO has served as a way to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie in which neighbors lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights, and come outside to meet and fellowship with one another all in the name of community building.
"We have all our toys. SWAT vehicles, police vehicles, motorcycles, boats and horses, and basically displaying the resources we have available for the community," Lt. Freddie Cruz with Miami Police explained.
According to the NATW website, National Night Out now involves over 38.1 million people and 16,540 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
Multiple events will be held in honor of National Night Out all over South Florida.
Check out NBC 6’s list:
CENTRAL BROWARD/LAUDERDALE LAKES: The Central Broward/Lauderdale Lakes districts invite you to Willie Webb, Sr. Park, 3601 N.W 21 Street, Lauderdale Lakes, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meet neighbors and deputies, and join together to fight crime. For more information call (954) 321-4800.
COOPER CITY/SOUTHWEST RANCHES: Cooper City and Southwest Ranches residents are invited to celebrate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cooper City district office, 10580 Stirling Rd. The event will feature McGruff the Crime Dog, free gunlocks, various law enforcement displays along with crime and fire prevention programs. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the fire station. For more information in Cooper City call (954) 441-8330, and in Southwest Ranches, call (954) 680-0010.
DANIA BEACH: Starting at 7 p.m., Dania Beach residents will gather at Patrick Meli Park, 2901 S.W. 52 Ave. along with personnel from BSO’s Bomb Team, SWAT, Fire Rescue and K-9. For more information call (954) 926-2400.
DAVIE: The Davie Police Department will be participating in several National Night Out events throughout the Town. The Community Oriented Policing Unit, Motor Unit, and McGruff "The Crime Dog" will be visiting the Villas of Arista Park, the Townhomes of Orange, Country Creek, Sundance, the Villas of Palomino, and the East Village communities. The Dive Team, Special Response Team, and Motor Unit officers will be visiting Paradise Village, Rexmere Village, Park City West, and the Pine Island Bay communities. Additionally, officers will be at events at the Davie Police Athletic League and Betty Booth Park. For more information, call (954) 693-8200.
DEERFIELD BEACH: The celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. at Quiet Waters Park located at 401. S. Powerline Rd. Festivities include food, live entertainment, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall and BSO Fire Rescue’s paint a fire truck for children. For more information call (954) 480-4300.
DORAL: From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Downtown Doral Park located at 8395 NW 53 Street, Doral Police Department invites the whole family to celebrate. They invite the community to come learn about safety awareness and crime prevention. Additionally, free backpacks and supplies will be distributed to school aged children to help them and their families prepare for the upcoming school year.
HOLLYWOOD: The Hollywood Police Department invites you to participate in the annual National Night Out Against Crime. More than a dozen block parties are planned throughout Hollywood to raise public awareness against criminal activity in our community. If you would like to learn more about National Night Out Against Crime or the location of the nearest NNO block party, please contact the Hollywood Police Department Community and Media Relations Division at (954) 967-4371.
LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA: Join deputies from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Dr. to stand up against crime. Refreshments will be available. For more information call (954) 640-4240.
MARGATE: The Margate Police Department is celebrating from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Margate Sports Complex located at 1695 Banks Rd. There will be K-9 Unit demonstrations, law enforcement marine vessels, Margate Police Special Response Team (SRT), Coconut Creek SWAT and Coral Springs SWAT, and Margate/Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Extrication Demonstration and antique fire engines. For more information call (954) 972-7111.
MIAMI: The Miami Police Department will begin the celebration at 5 p.m. at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. The National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local crime watch programs, strengthen neighborhood and police-community partnership.
MIRAMAR: Truly a community event, the Miramar Police Department is celebrating from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Shirley Branca Park located at 69 Way and Miramar Parkway.
NORTH LAUDERDALE: The North Lauderdale district will host National Night Out at the district office, 701 S.W. 71 Ave. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Festivities will include a bounce house, children’s fingerprinting, free bike raffle and sports team mascots. Various law enforcement displays are planned, too. For more information call (954) 722-5800.
NORTH MIAMI: The District 4 Community Bike Ride, led by Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril Sunkist Grove Community Center will begin at 5 p.m. Ride departs and ends at the center. Enjoy music, children’s activities and refreshments in the park after the ride. Participants of the bike ride must be ages 6 and over. All participants ages 16 and under must wear a helmet.
NORTH MIAMI: The America’s Night Out Community Block Party will take place at Johnson & Wales University located at 1701 NE 127 Street. Join your friends and neighbors throughout North Miami to enjoy a night out, hosted by Gateway Church and several North Miami homeowner associations, along with various community partners. Enjoy food for purchase at popular food trucks, giveaways, children’s activities by MOCA, and much more. Call the North Miami Police Department Community Services Section at (305) 891-0294, ext. 23200 for details.
PARKLAND: Please join deputies at the Parkland Commons Shopping Center, 8095 University Dr. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate. There will be vehicle displays and refreshments. For more information call (954) 753-5050.
PEMBROKE PARK/WEST PARK: The BSO South District invites you to their district office, 3201 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Pembroke Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a cookout with hotdogs and hamburgers, BSO Explorers, Fire Rescue personnel, and a K-9 demonstration. For more information call (954) 985-1953.
POMPANO BEACH: Residents from Pompano Beach will celebrate at City Hall, 100 W. Atlantic Blvd. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. District personnel will be on hand to meet and greet participants. There’ll be live music, vendors and refreshments, too. For more information call (954) 786-4201.
TAMARAC: Residents are invited to celebrate National Night Out on from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Tamarac district office, 7515 N. Pine Island Rd. Various BSO demonstrations are planned along with free hot dogs and pizza. There will be bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides and other events for the children. Lots of raffle prizes for attendees. For more information call (954) 720-2225.
WESTERN BROWARD: The celebration in Weston will take place at the Weston district office, 17300 Royal Palm Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Many specialty units will be on hand, including members from the Motor Unit, SWAT, K-9, and Mounted. For more information call (954) 389-2010.
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