This year’s National Night Out event, sponsored by the Vinton Police Department, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial. This is a free event for the community.
According to National Night Out organizers, the annual observance is meant to “enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. The best way to create a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings.”
National Night Out has been observed across the nation since 1984, traditionally on the first Tuesday in August, representing America’s “night out against crime.”
The annual event involves citizens, law enforcement, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials. Last year an estimated thirty-eight million individuals in the United States, Canada, and on military bases around the world participated.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Night Out organization has strongly recommended that all National Night Out 2020 areas celebrate on October 6, the first Tuesday in October.
Vinton Town Council will not hold their regular meeting that evening so that members may attend the National Night Out celebration to visit informally with citizens of the community.
This event is a chance for the police department, town council, town staff, and the Chamber of Commerce to meet the public, especially Neighborhood Watch groups.
Due to COVID-19, National Night Out activities have been modified for 2020. There will be a movie with popcorn, candy, and drinks this year. Vinton Police officers will be there with their vehicles to talk with children.
Those who attend are asked to wear masks, observe social distancing, and remain in the designated blocked zone.
“This year we are extremely challenged by the health concerns,” said Interim Chief Fabricio Drumond. “The Police Department and the Town of Vinton wanted to provide an opportunity where the community can come together and enjoy a night out while still promoting safety.”