It's time to register for Salem's National Night Out!
August 5, 2014 is the date to remember for National Night Out festivities all across town - and across the globe as the effort is in its 31st year of bringing law enforcement and communities together for one night out against crime.
Each first Tuesday in August, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., neighbors gather for block parties, or parties at a nearby park to celebrate safe streets and community unity against crime. In Salem, Salem police officers and local business mascots visit as many block parties as our fleet and staffing allows! Last year, Salem had 162 block parties, so early registration is important. Register via this link. The registration deadline is July 25, 2014.
Details, details! When you register, be sure to give us some details about your plans, such as contests, live bands, and the number of people attend. Police Chief Jerry Moore enjoys attending the out-of-the-ordinary parties where he can meet and speak with lots of neighbors. So give us the inside scoop on your activities, and you may find him attending your block party!
Yes, you can block party in the street! If you would like to close the street for your party - go for it! You will, however, need a permit through the Parks & Transportation Services Division. For more information, call (503) 588-6211. And, they'll even let you borrow barricades to help create a safety zone for your street shindig.
Block party newbie? First-timers are highly encouraged and always welcome to have a block party. If you need a few ideas, check out our Block Party Booklet.
Salem's National Night Out Kick Off Party: It's a pre-party party! As if NNO wasn't exciting enough, we want to get all the block party hosts super-enthused about their efforts - and thank them, too - so all registrants are invited to the police department on Tuesday, July 22, 6 p.m. More details to follow in your registration confirmation card. Just a hint, that's when we'll give our the block party host commemorative gift.
And, one more reminder: Don't forget to sign up early to get a visit from a Salem Police NNO Team. We do our absolute best to get to all the parties that request our participation, so please keep us apprised of any changes in location or time.
If you have any questions about this event, call the Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175.