National Night Out set to strengthen police-community connections

West Contra Costa neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out
National Night Out 2021 (Photo credit: Mike Kinney)

By Kathy Chouteau

Want to be part of the solution toward making Richmond and neighboring cities safer? Participate in your local police department’s National Night Out (NNO) celebration Tues., Aug. 1, which will take place in cities throughout the area. This year marks NNO’s 40th anniversary.

While NNO is celebrated nationwide, on a local level, it brings community members together with their first responders over food, entertainment and fun activities—strengthening police-community bonds and creating safer cities along the way.

Here’s the scoop on local public safety activities happening this Tuesday for NNO.

Richmond: NNO neighborhood parties are encouraged to gather outside on Aug. 1 from 6-8:30 p.m., per the City of Richmond, and officers will visit some local, registered events. The City has suggested that—due to more limited resources this year—community members check with their Neighborhood Council, or nearest Neighborhood Watch to see if they are planning an event. As of this writing, info was not posted about the traditional caravan (there may be a small one) or a kick-off and end party. Watch this space as info is made available.

San Pablo: The San Pablo Police Department will celebrate NNO Aug. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Road 20 in San Pablo. The event will feature food trucks, vendor booths, entertainment, games, prizes, raffles, K9 demos and a car show. For more info, contact Katrinia Jones at (510) 215-3138 or [email protected].

Hercules: The City of Hercules, Bay Front Chamber of Commerce, Hercules Police Department and Rodeo-Hercules Fire District will host a NNO event at Refugio Valley Park, 1301 Refugio Valley Rd. in Hercules, on Aug. 1 starting at 6 p.m. The celebration will include games and activities for the kids, food trucks, vendors, local businesses and nonprofits. For more info, click here.

Pinole: The Pinole Police Department will host a NNO Kick-off Caravan event Aug. 1 starting at 6 p.m. The department said that any Neighborhood Watch Groups in the city wanting the police caravan to stop by their neighborhood can contact the Community Outreach Department at [email protected] or (510) 741-3892. Learn more here.