The city of Jackson has announced that it is moving its official National Night Out Celebration to Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Traditionally National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August, but some neighborhood associations asked that the city of Jackson move its National Night Out celebration from August to October to avoid high summertime temperatures. The City solicited feedback from neighborhood associations asking that they indicate which month they preferred for the celebration. The majority, or 78 percent of the neighborhood groups that responded, preferred to move the celebration to October.

Each year, neighborhood groups across Jackson hold block parties, cookouts and a variety of other events to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer city.   Mayor Johnson, members of the Jackson Police Department and Department Directors attend National Night Out events in every ward. National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participate in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Neighborhood organizations wishing to register their National Night Out events are encouraged to call Constituent Services Manager, Greg Grimes at 601-960-1084.

Source: Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. City of Jackson, Mississippi