National Night out slated for Aug. 2

Keizer will be one of thousands of cities across the country participating in the National Night Out, Aug. 2, from 6-9 p.m. During this time, Keizer police are asking residents to lock their homes and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors and their local law enforcement officers.

The event has been held every year since 1984, and is designed to be a coordinated effort between law enforcement, local civic organizations, volunteers, and citizens interested in crime prevention and promoting neighborhood unity.

According the promotional material, the best way to build a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings: “National Night Out triumphs over a culture that isolates us from each other and allows us to rediscover our own communities.”

If you or your neighbors decide to hold a block party or neighborhood cookout during this time, you can register the event with Keizer Police, and they will send a team of officers to answer questions or just visit with you and your neighbors. KPD encourages local neighborhood watch captains to host a national night out event and register – this can by done by visiting this link or you can contact Lt. Andrew Copeland at 503-856-3463.

Note that orange cones are available for your event, and if the temperature is below 85 degrees, “McGruff” the crime dog might even make an appearance.