National Night Out

National Night Out event

The Palo Alto Police Department is hosting National Night Out on the evening of Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m.!

We will host a block party open to the public on the 200 block of Forest Avenue in front of the police station, with popcorn, games, police vehicles on display, and officers with whom you can chat. Feel free to swing by and enjoy the evening with us!

Learn more below and to begin the registration process to host a National Night Out-themed event in your neighborhood on August 2!

What is National Night Out?

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while fostering a sense of community. It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities in all fifty states, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August. The City of Palo Alto is proud to be one of these communities.

For more information about National Night Out nationally, visit the National Night Out website from the National Association of Town Watch.

How Can I Participate in National Night Out?

There are two main ways you can choose to participate:

  • Come to the PAPD-hosted block party on the evening of Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the 200 block of Forest Avenue, in front of the police station! The party is free and open to the public. Enjoy popcorn, games, police vehicles on display, and police officers with whom you can chat. Swing by and enjoy the evening with us!
  • Your neighborhood can host a variety of events on the evening of August 2 - use your imagination! Events range from small potlucks between neighbors to large block parties. Please register your event with us, as we will make every attempt to have a Police Department staff member visit your neighborhood's gathering to connect and enjoy the evening with the community. For more information on registering your own National Night Out-themed event, expand the next accordion and complete the online form to begin the registration process.

I Want to Register a National Night Out-Themed Event

Please complete the short form online below to begin the registration process today! One of our staff members will be in touch with you to complete the registration process and to provide more information.

Registration is free. If you intend to have a block party with your neighbors that would require your street to be closed and/or if you intend to put personal property on City property for your event, you will need to apply for a block party permit. We will help you complete that straightforward process after you fill out the form below and we contact you. Note that a gathering on private property or at a local park would not require a permit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to set up National Night Out?
It’s easy: simply plan an event for neighbors to attend on the first Tuesday evening of August, usually around 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Your event can be as formal or informal as you would like. For more information, expand the accordion above entitled "How Can I Participate in National Night Out?"

Can I block off my street?
Yes, but only once you receive a free block party permit from the Police Department. To begin the registration process, expand the accordion above entitled "I Want to Register a National Night Out-Themed Event."

Will police officers visit my block party?
Police officers and other Police Department personnel try to visit every registered National Night Out-themed event at some point during the evening. You must register your event in advance with us! To begin the registration process, expand the accordion above entitled "I Want to Register a National Night Out-Themed Event."

Is there a cost from the City to host a block party or other event for National Night Out?
No. There is no cost to register your National Night Out-themed event with the Police Department, and there is no cost for a block party permit (if one is necessary for your event).

Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please send an email to pd@cityofpaloalto.org and a member of the Police Department's National Night Out team will respond to you during business hours, usually within two business days.