National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event held in the United States in August. It is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts. It has operated since 1984.
In Palmetto Bay, this meant a police booth was set up on August 17th from 6-8 p.m. where residents could meet their officers and talk safety. “I support the police 100% and it’s great to have them on our block showing us how we can get more information,” said Mangowood resident Jerri McBroom.
Police Commander Gadyaces Serralta used a golf cart and went door-knocking for those who didn’t come out. He added, “This is about opening up our channels of communication with our community and we are hoping to expand this outreach to every couple of months so that we get to all areas of our Village. We’re here to listen and to get feedback about our services.”