Organizers expect Tuesday's National Night Out to have more of its traditional flavor than it did last year.
National Night Out will again be a roster of community-led gatherings from 4 p.m, to 8 p.m. Tuesday at which neighbors have a picnic supper, play games and catch up with each other. The night's tradition also calls for members of law enforcement to stop in and greet people.
Nieghborhood groups can register their gatherings at www.rocholmstednno.com.
Rochester police department spokeswoman Amanda Grayson said National Night Out represents a “great opportunity to connect with neighbors, and for law enforcement to visit neighborhoods in a fun, casual setting.”
For police officers, “it’s nice to be able to visit people in a relaxed atmosphere, without the stress of responding to a call,” she added.
Last year’s NNO took place in the fall, with socially distanced and virtual gatherings.
“We anticipate more participation this year than last,” Grayson said.
National Night Out is intended to promote cooperation between police and community members, she said, but it’s also a way for neighbors to get to reacquainted after more than a year of restrictions on social gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think there’s a hunger to make connections after a long break,” she said.