Tonight’s National Night Out will attract residents and officials to informal neighborhood gatherings around the state.
The annual event has been observed for decades, giving neighbors a chance to meet and encourage crime prevention.
National officials say more than 16,000 communities and 37 million people will participate tonight.
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to attend a block party at 3419 Knox Av. N. in Minneapolis at 6:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and his staff plan to visit block parties in Minneapolis and local suburbs.
Organizers say the events are good ways to:
- 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 letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and will not tolerate their criminal behavior