National Night Out
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and to provide an opportunity to promote and celebrate police-community partnerships in crime prevention efforts.
2020 National Night Out
National Night Out 2020, rescheduled to Tuesday, October 6, will be unique this year. While the feel is different, the spirit is still strong!
The Hopkins Police Department is not encouraging social gatherings, and will not be hosting a large in-person kick-off event or visiting any neighborhoods this year.
Instead, the police department is asking neighborhood coordinators to encourage individual families and neighbors to "do something good" for the community on October 6 and report back on social media with the hashtag #HopkinsUnited.
This could be a park or neighborhood clean-up, volunteering to help a local non-profit or anything that supports the community:
Some examples include:
- Taking a walk in the neighborhood, waving and smiling at everyone you see (also one of the best ways to fight crime)
- A community clean-up in a neighborhood park or business district
- Adopting a drain (more info at: adopt-a-drain.org)
- Donating to a local community non-profit
- Collecting much-needed “winter warm wear” for Resource West
- Collecting nonperishable food for ICA food shelf
- Raking a neighbors leaves or offering to do other yard work
- Creating inspirational and positive sidewalk chalk messages to uplift others
- Writing a note of gratitude to your neighbor just for being a great neighbor
- Donating books to the neighborhood Free Little Library or creating one for your block
- Painting rocks with positive messages and leaving them around town for others to find
- Playing an instrument or singing a song to your neighbors from your front yard (we definitely want to see video on this!)
- Supporting a local small business in the community
- Making a video about why your family loves the neighborhood and this community, and post it with #HopkinsUnited.
The department is also asking neighborhood coordinators to have individual families register their activities online to share what creative ideas they have for “doing good in the neighborhood”.
The most creative effort will win a prize from the Hopkins Police and Fire Departments.
NOTE: Hopkins Police Chief Brent Johnson will be joining families and neighbors via Facebook Live on October 6 at 6 p.m. with an important community message.