National Night Out

What is National Night Out?

National Night Out is a celebration put on by a number of Neighborhood Watch groups throughout the country, including Dallas. The point of this celebration is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in a local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations, and send a message to criminals letting them know our neighborhoods are unified. 

When is National Night Out?

The first Tuesday of August every year.

What happens at a National Night Out Celebration?

A typical National Night Out celebration consists of Neighborhood Watch groups hosting an evening event. These events are often centered around food and games to help encourage greater neighborhood interactions. Additionally, if your event is registered with the Dallas Police Department an officer will stop by allowing your neighborhood to discuss whatever you want. This is also a great opportunity for kids to interact with the police and even climb into their patrol car.

How to Register a Celebration?

Come mid-June, register your event with the Dallas Police Department. At that time, DPD's Neighborhood Watch Coordinator sends National Night Out information. Your registration puts your group on the list for a visit by a Dallas Police Officer, if requested. To register your event, send an e-mail to or you can call the Police Department directly at 503-831-3516. Be sure to include this information or have it ready when you call:
  • Neighborhood Watch Group Leader's name
  • Event host's name
  • Event host's phone number
  • Event address
  • Event start AND end times
  • Whether or not you want a police officer to visit your celebration

How do I get a Street Closure Permit?

Below is an application form that needs to be filled out and delivered to the Dallas Police Department. After initial review and approval by the Police Department the application will be forwarded to the City Manager's office for finalization.
Street Closure Application