Host A Block Party for National Night Out

Mayor Ron Dellums, the Oakland Police Department and the City’s Neighborhood Services Division are urging Oakland residents to participate in National Night Out Tuesday, August 4 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
National Night Out is a countrywide block party and an opportunity for residents to organize a barbeque, ice cream social, or other event that is designed to both strengthen neighborhood spirit and raise crime prevention awareness, by helping neighbors get to know each another.
Mayor Dellums, police officers, firefighters and other city staff will be visiting parties throughout the city.
“National Night Out sends a simple, yet profound message to the residents of Oakland,” said Dellums. “When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer. I am confident that the 2009 National Night Out block parties will again serve as a great motivation for people to get out and get to know their community.”
A specific goal of the event will be to communicate to the community that the city understands the various public safety challenges and that a comprehensive public safety strategy is underway. Earlier this year, the mayor made a commitment to reduce crime by 10 percent, and so far homicide is down more than 20 percent, according to police department statistics.
Assaults with firearms are down almost one-third. Part 1 crimes — everything from assault to burglary — are down about 15 percent this year.
Many registered block parties will receive a visit from police officers, firefighters and other city staff. All registered block parties will have give-away items for kids and special gifts for party hosts. To register an event on-line visit www.oaklandnet.com/nno2009.html or call (510) 238-3091.