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.
Some of our sponsors for our National Night Out events in 2017 included: United Healthcare (Signature Sponsor), Regional Health, Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center, AB Foods/Washington Beef, Yakima Housing Authority, Toppenish Community Hospital, Toppenish Public Works…
Yakima National Night Out:
The 2017 National Night Out in Yakima was held at the Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center. Attendance included 34 vendors and approximately 800 attendees. Attending vendors included local health and law enforcement agencies, higher education institutions, and insurance companies.
Toppenish National Night Out:
The 2017 National Night Out in Toppenish was held at the Toppenish Parks and Recreation/Swimming Pool Park. Attendance included 42 vendors, and approximately 1,500 attendees. Attending vendors included local health and law enforcement agencies, and a mobile educational exhibit. A big thanks to the Community Safety Network (CSN) of Toppenish for their invaluable partnership in organizing the community event.
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. Event registration forms are due by July 19th.
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