Host a Block Party During National Night Out

​​National Night Out brings the community together

Since 1984, Salem has been celebrating the partnership between residents and the police department and our combined efforts to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live. We celebrate that relationship, along with the rest of America, annually on the first Tuesday of August. The event is called National Night Out. 

In Salem, we celebrated the spirit of police-community partnerships with more than 70 block parties across the city.

National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Don't wait, register your block party today!

How you can participate

Block parties and bikes parades

Neighbors usually hold a party on their block with a yummy cookout or delicious potluck. Sometimes the parties include a kid’s parade, or games and activities for everyone.

Each May, the Salem Police Department begins taking registrations for block parties. Until then, read more about how to host a block party​.

Volunteer projects

Often neighbors do a volunteer project in their neighborhood, such as painting over graffiti or do lawn care for an elderly neighbor. No matter what the project, the purpose is to bring everyone together to build a strong, safe neighborhood.

​Other things to think about

Have your block party in the street or in a park

If you want to party in the street, then be sure to get a street closure permit. Neighborhood parks are also great places to gather with neighbors. In either event, a permit from the Public Works Department is required. The deadline to apply for a street closure permit is usually late July. Please contact the Public Works Department at 503-588-6211 for more information.

Invite us to your block party

If you want a police team to visit your block party, be sure to register early. Registration usually opens in May and closes by mid-July.

Volunteers, police officers, and mascots on the National Night Out team

Register early if you want a police team to visit your block party. Registrations usually open in May and close by mid-July.

Contact us

Police Department
333 Division ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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