The purpose of National Night Out is to encourage partnerships between the police and the community, as well as neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out was first organized in 1984, by the National Association of Town Watch; for more information, their website is https://natw.org/about. Information regarding the Yakima Police Department “Block Watch”-and how you can start your own-please visit https://yakimapolice.org/block-watch/.
Local National Night Out:
The Yakima Housing Authority hosts two annual National Night Out events in the Yakima Valley. The events are typically held the first week of August, with one event in Yakima, and the other in Toppenish.
Every year local law enforcement agencies and organizations are invited to participate in the events. Attending vendors are given the opportunity to set up a canopy and table, and share information to the attendees about their agency, and what services they provide.
In the past, the National Night Out events have included free food, beverages, snow cones and desserts. Thanks to a variety of sponsors and community partnerships, National Night Out is a free event for all (attendees and vendors)
Previous events have included entertainment from a local cheerleading team, traditional Mexican folklore groups, and local DJs.
Yakima National Night Out:
Toppenish National Night Out:
There is no cost to attend National Night Out. For more information please contact Becky Mares or Carlos Reyes at (509) 453-3106 extensions 119 & 117. You may also email Becky at Becky.Mares@yakimahousing.org.
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