News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

National Night Out 25th Anniversary
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Contact : Susie Ord, Community Services Officer, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2632
Palo Alto, CA - National Night Out is a nationwide annual event designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and unity, raise crime prevention awareness and build a stronger partnership between the City and the Community at every level. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association Town Watch (NATW), is expected to have more than 35 million people across the nation participate. 

Last year, according to NATW, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "This event is a fantastic opportunity for residents and law enforcement to come together to fight crime and celebrate community spirit."

Participating neighborhoods nationwide are asked to turn on outside lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQs to large block parties. Last year, over 300 Palo Alto residents participated in an evening of community engagement. Many parties had a table with information on Neighborhood Watch, Emergency Preparedness and Environmental programs. Each registered party was visited by City of Palo Alto officials and employees, including police and fire vehicles.

Hosting a National Night Out party is a simple way for people to meet one another, have fun and explore how they might work together to improve the safety and quality of their neighborhood. The City of Palo Alto encourages neighborhoods to organize Block Parties to promote neighborhood unity.

Registration is free. The deadline to register is Friday, July 25, 2008. Registered groups will be eligible for a visit by groups of City of Palo Alto elected officials and employees, including police and fire department staff. If you register early, you will increase the likelihood of receiving a visit.

Downloadable forms to register for National Night Out are on our police webpage at, see News Updates for more information and to register, or e-mail Susie Ord at  

For your Block Party Permit application (no fee), call Deanna Kocisko, Code Enforcement, at (650) 329-2147 or e-mail her at