ARLINGTON, Va. – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, National Night Out (NNO), which is held annually on the first Tuesday in August was postponed until October. For the continued health and well-being of our community, the Arlington County Police Department has made the difficult decision to cancel attending in-person NNO events for 2020. The Police Department remains committed to actively engaging with the community and is available to attend virtual neighborhood events from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6. Neighborhoods wishing to have representatives from the Police Department attend their virtual event should email ACPDMedia@arlingtonva.us by Friday, October 2.
“Each year, the Police Department looks forward to connecting with community members across Arlington on National Night Out,” said Acting Chief of Police Andy Penn. “While the pandemic has impacted our ability to hold in-person events, we remain committed to building strong police-community partnerships and effectively communicating to ensure the public’s trust. I hope community members will take advantage of some of the ways to virtually participate in this year’s National Night Out so we can continue working together to make Arlington a great place to live, work and visit.”
About National Night Out
NNO, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and improve quality of life. In previous years, hundreds of neighbors in Arlington have come together with police officers, firefighters and other County personnel at community events such as cookouts, block parties and ice cream socials.
Ways to Participate
The Police Department’s efforts to identify and prevent criminal activity are enhanced by the active involvement of the community. Arlingtonians can help make our community safer by:
- completing the 9 PM Routine by verifying that valuables are secured, home and vehicles are locked and outdoor lights, security systems and cameras are activated
- safely and securely disposing of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications at one of Arlington’s four Prescription Drug Take-Back boxes
- registering your bike to receive a free decal which, when visible, may be a deterrent to theft
- requesting a small group discussion with members of the police department’s command staff to learn more about the agency, ask questions and share any concerns
- reviewing information on the police department’s website, including crime prevention and safety information and our commitment to the community.
The Police Department believes an informed community is a safer one. Stay up-to-date on public safety issues and concerns by:
- registering for Arlington Alert to receive emergency notifications from Arlington County Government
- visiting the Daily Crime Report, Online Crime Map and Police Newsroom for information on criminal incidents in Arlington County
- subscribing to email distributions from the Arlington County Police Department including Public Safety newsroom content and periodic updates from the Community Resources Section and Business Outreach Unit
- following the department on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.