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National Night Out is an annual crime prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Santa Clara Police Department. The event promotes community-police partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

Generally, National Night Out takes place on the first Tuesday of August. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Town Watch is recommending National Night Out 2020 be celebrated in October with social distancing in place.

As a result, the Santa Clara Police Department is tentatively rescheduling National Night Out to Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. The event will be compliant with local Health Orders regulations; more details will be provided as the event nears. It will continue to be our goal to:

  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships
  • Heighten crime prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local crime prevention efforts
  • Build connections within the community and get to know your neighbors

Together, we are making communities safer, more caring places to live. Light up your street by turning on outside lights and spend the evening with your neighbors, local Police and Fire Department personnel, City and Santa Clara Unified School District representatives.

Neighborhood ideas include:

  • Potluck or BBQ
  • Ice cream social
  • Games and contest
  • Block party
  • Food or clothing donation
  • Picnic or gathering at a neighborhood park or pool
  • Plan a clean-up day to beautify a common area
  • Heighten disaster preparation awareness
  • Set neighborhood goals or discuss neighborhood issues
  • Reconnect your Neighborhood Watch Program or make plans to start a group

Be creative. Have fun. Celebrate with your neighbors.

Register your event by September 25, 2020. 

Commonly Asked Questions

Do I have to be part of Neighborhood Watch to participate in National Night Out?

You do NOT have to be a current Neighborhood Watch group to participate. National Night Out is for everyone!

Can I block off my street?

Yes, with approval from the City of Santa Clara's Municipal Services, Business Tax & License Department. A Block Party Application must be filled in writing four weeks in advance. The Block Party Application must include a map of the impacted area. The Block Party application must include a petition signed by all residents located on the street(s) affected by the closing.

Additional Neighborhood Block Party information is available online or by calling the Municipal Services, Business Tax & License Department at 408-615-2310.

I want to have amplified music. Do I need a permit?

Amplified outdoor sound of live or recorded music or other sounds - by more than normal household portable stereo equipment -- requires a permit from the City of Santa Clara. Permits are for single/one time events only.  

Permit request forms must be submitted along with payment of the Amplified Music Permit fee at least two weeks prior to the event to the City of Santa Clara's Municipal Services, Business Tax & License Department. Use of amplified outdoor sound outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. requires City Council approval; this process if outside the amplified music permit process and requires more time.

Additional Outdoor Amplified Music Permit information is available Outdoor Music or by calling the Municipal Services, Business Tax & License Department at 408-615-2310Call: 408-615-2310.

Who can I contact with more questions?

For more information, contact the Santa Clara Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at 408-615-4872Call: 408-615-4872 or 

NNO14: About

The introduction of National Night Out, "America's Night Out Against Crime," in 1984 began as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organizing and fighting back.

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