National Night Out Against Crime 2017

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 10 May, 2016

Spokane C.O.P.S. Sponsors National Night Out Against Crime 2017

Neighborhoods in Spokane, WA Give Crime a HUGE Going Away Party!

“National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO)is a national Crime Prevention event. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to learn about crime prevention, while also celebrating your community and spending time with your neighbors.

Spokane has had a long history of supporting Night Out. This event grows every year, withneighborhoods, community and youth organizations, apartment properties  and businesses throughout Spokane joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for city's 19th Annual NNO Crime and Drug Prevention event.This type of community participation is what makes Spokane a great place to live.

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention, your current Block Watch efforts or to start a Block Watch, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games - whatever you want. The creativity we've seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing. Some gatherings are just a few households; others expand into large block parties.

Spokane's Night Out Against Crime is an opportunity for individual neighborhoods to renew their commitment to the following:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Consider having a National Night Out party in your neighborhood on Tuesday, August 1, 2017!


Deadline for registering is July 24th.

Frequently Asked Questions About Night Out

Which C.O.P.S. Shop is our neighborhood in?
You can go to our Locations link to view a map of each shop.

Can I close my street for Night Out?
Yes! If you do not  live on an arterial street and you do not  close your intersection, you are welcome to close the street to traffic for your Night Out Celebration.  Individual blocks are responsible for providing barricades. On your Night Out registration form, please note that you want to close your street and not only the street name, but also the hundred block of the street. 

Is there a fee to close my street?
If you have your block party on National Night Out day of August 1st, you will not need to complete an Event Permit and will not be charged a fee.  If you have your Night Out party on any other day, you are responsible to obtaining your own Event Permit which covers your street closure. You may obtain your permit from Spokane City Hall and is $35.

How should I close my street?
You can make signs and attach these to your barricade.

  • Remember to never block the intersection!
  • Please do not use a vehicle as a barricade to close your street. Any barricade should be easy to move.
  • Your neighbors vehicles need to be allowed access to their homes and emergency vehicles need to be allowed access to your block.
  • Keep tables and other set up to one side of the street to keep the street open for vehicles to pass through if necessary.

How do I request Special Visitors such as Police, Fire, City Officials or others participation in my Night Out celebration?
When you complete your Night Out registration form, you may check a number of Special Visitor categories on the form.  These are shared with the individual departments. This does not guarantee that you will get a visit, but every effort will be made to help ensure your visitor request is honored.

What about live music?
Live music is a fun staple of Night Out gatherings - there are many musicians, both professional and amateur in a lot of communities. If you plan on live music during your Night Out activities, please be considerate of other neighbors. Consider having "unplugged" rather than "amplified" music, or keep it low if amplified. (It may help to have someone walk in a radius a few blocks away to test the noise level to see how it carries before the event starts) Please turn off all music by the hours most people are going to bed. Surrounding neighborhoods will thank you.

What if I live in an apartment/condo building or downtown?

You can still have a Night Out celebration, without participating in the street closure if you are on a busy arterial. In the past, people have had celebrations on the rooftop gardens of their buildings, communal room, or in a neighbors yard or park. The idea is to have a chance to meet your neighbors, and this is a great chance to START a Block Watch or Apartment Watch.

Do you still have paper registration forms?

We strongly encourage online submissions. If you don't have direct access to a computer, perhaps a neighbor can fill out the form for your block. You can still be listed as the event coordinator. If you do not have any access to the online form, you can contact your local C.O.P.S. Shop and obtain a registration form.

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