On Tuesday, August 7th, neighborhoods throughout Delano were invited to join (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by the Delano Police Department, involved over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people were expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’. 

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on August 7th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Delano and across the nation, were asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many Neighborhoods throughout Delano were encouraged to hold a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies.

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party.”

This year, Delano held National Night Out at Cesar Chavez Park (Ellington Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., where staff from Delano Regional Medical Center and Delano Family Pharmacy were available to greet visitors with brochures and information on various services and departments, including our new Outpatient Service Building and retail pharmacy.