Block parties, food trucks and neighborhood safety planned for National Night Out celebrations

The countywide range of events seek to build bonds between police officers and the public.

More than 70 events are planned across Mecklenburg County for National Night Out on Aug. 7. Photo: City of Charlotte staff

For another year, the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) will team up to support National Night Out in neighborhoods across the county. The annual community-building campaign takes place on Aug. 7, as another step toward building trust between officers and community members as well as neighbor-to-neighbor camaraderie.

“We know there’s a lot of growth in Charlotte, so this gives us a chance to get out of the car and meet new neighbors,” said CMPD Crime Prevention Officer Johnathan Frisk. “It helps develop positive relationships with those community officers so we can make our streets safer.”

With summer winding down, and a new school year around the corner, families can take advantage of more than 70 neighborhood activities like block parties, cookouts, and ice cream socials while officers get to show off their fun side to residents. As the evening goes on, CMPD asks residents to leave their porch lights on from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. as a symbol of alertness and awareness.

For more information about National Night Out events across Charlotte

  • Check with your homeowners association or property manager
  • Ask your neighborhood leaders
  • Contact CMPD’s community coordinator for your area
  • Search your neighborhood’s Next Door website

This year’s National Night Out is one of the many events part of CLT250, the city’s yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary.

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