This coming week, the police are hoping you'll throw a party—a block party, that is.
Along with hundreds of local law enforcement groups around the country, the will participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the event is designed to unite police and local residents and send a message that neighborhoods are organized and ready to fight crime.
Evanston police are asking neighborhoods and community groups to organize events for this year's National Night Out. Those could include a block party or cookout, a visit from the police or fire department, a parade or flashlight walk, or sponsorship of an activity for teens that discourages crime and drug use.
Traditionally, neighbors also turn on their porch lights as a display of unity, according to the police department.
Anyone who wishes to organize a gathering or activity is asked to register their plans with the city by calling 847-866-5019 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents with questions may contact Officer Loyce Spells at 847-859-7843.