At last week’s meeting, the Council decided t cancel a physical National Night Out (NNO) and approving the development of a virtual NNO experience.

National Night Out (NNO) is a community/police public safety awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August in most of the country. Due to limits on social gatherings and physical distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council determined to reschedule NNO in the City, to the first Tuesday of October 2020. As the pandemic remains a public health risk and is anticipated to continue to require limits to social gatherings, the staff is recommending that the 2020 event be redesigned as a virtual event only.

One City-wide virtual event is envisioned. Residents could participate by turning on porch lights and “tuning in” to a program of crime prevention education presentations, and other community risk reduction information.

Some entertainment might be included. Some at-home activities such as testing smoke alarms, or ringing in the night by a communal noise making event at a certain, limited, time might be considered.