National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August. Select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday in October, to include the Town of Bluffton.
In 1981, the National Association of Town Watch was founded to provide community watch groups the necessary information, resources and assets to stay informed, interested, involved, and motivated within the community. Neighbors and local law enforcement across the nation supported the association as it steadily grew for the next three years. National Night Out was introduced in August of 1984 through an already established network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and volunteers across the nation. The first annual National Night Out involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states.
In 2015, the National Association of Town Watch awarded the Bluffton Police Department with the National Night Out Award for its participation in the event. In 2019, approximately 2,000 people attended National Night Out in the Town of Bluffton, in addition to nearly 300 individuals from various law enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations that participated.