Iowa City residents are encouraged to join in with neighbors across the United States for National Night Out on August 4 to promote police-community partnerships and strengthen neighborhoods. Iowa City Crime Prevention Officer R.A. Mebus asks Iowa City residents to lock their doors, turn on porch and exterior lights, and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors and members of the Police Department. National Night Out, now in its 32nd year, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and let law-breakers know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Many neighborhoods host block parties, cookouts, parades, anti-crime rallies or other community events that also include safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, and exhibits from Police or other emergency personnel. Iowa City neighborhoods that are planning National Night Out events are asked to notify the Iowa City Crime Prevention Office by calling 319-356-5273 or e-mailing to add them to the City’s list of scheduled events.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Iowa City Police Department with support from the Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers, Target, and Hy-Vee.

For more information, contact Officer Mebus at 319-356-5273 or

Date of publication

Thursday, July 16, 2015