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National Night Out Coming Aug. 7

Neighborhood groups join police and firefighters for block parties, cleanups, ice cream socials and other events, all in the interest of creating safe communities. Send Berkeley Patch your NNO pics from 2011.

It kicked off in 1984, and in the 29 intervening years, "National Night Out" has grown to encompass more than 37 million people from more than 10,000 communities nationwide.

In Berkeley, Neighborhood Watch groups, local businesses, faith-based organizations and community groups will hit the streets Tuesday, Aug. 7, come together for block parties, potlucks, musical performances, neighborhood cleanups and more. Police and fire fighters circulate throughout the city.

Last year, 53 events took place across Berkeley.

Send us your pictures from last year and we'll post them on Berkeley Patch as a reminder that fighting crime is a job for the entire community. 

If you have a party planned for 2012, let us know the location in the comments. 

The yearly nighttime event promotes community involvement and partnerships, crime prevention, and safety and disaster preparedness in the common goal of creating safer communities.

Residents can download the registration form here or from the Berkeley Police Department website. Groups must submit a block party permit with the City of Berkeley for street closures.

Residents with questions can visit the police website or contacting Officer Stephanie Polizziani by phone at (510) 981-5772 or by email at spolizziani@cityofberkeley.info.

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