Cottonwood plans National Night Out event in October

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, neighborhoods and citizens throughout the City of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 39th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.

Residents in neighborhoods throughout Cottonwood and across the nation are asked to lock their doors and turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. The Cottonwood Police Department will be hosting a variety of special events at the Kids’ Park once again this year

CPD and the NNO Committee have put together an event that is free for the whole family including martial arts demonstrations, Taser deployment, SWAT & K9 demos, free hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, soda and water and much more. The event is from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the Cottonwood Kids’ Park (12th and Cherry Street). .

Over 30 businesses and organizations from Cottonwood, Yavapai County will have displays and will give out free information promoting NNO and public safety for children and families along with the Cottonwood Police Department display and demonstrations.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the City of Cottonwood Police Department will involve over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 36 million people are expected to participate in “America’s night out against crime.”

NNO 2022 is being supported nationally by ADT and Ring and locally by many businesses and organizations from the Cottonwood area and Verde Valley. It is because of the local businesses and organizations’ donations that this event has become so successful each year; becoming the largest attended NNO event in Arizona for the last several years.

National Night Out is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for, and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

CPD IS anticipating more than 2,000 participants, continuing to be the largest National Night Out event in Arizona.

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