Munster's 2020 National Night Out Event Ranked #1 in the U.S.

2020 Munster NNO AwardThe Munster Police Department and Choice Community Council were recently notified that Munster's 25th Annual National Night Out Against Crime Celebration, which was held on October 6, 2020, was ranked by the National Association of Town Watch as the #1 National Night Out event in the United States among communities with populations in between 15,000-50,000 people.  Munster was awarded with the National Night Out Cup (pictured left) in December.

The National Night Out is celebrated in hundreds of communities throughout the United States each year in an effort to promote positive police and community partnerships through a variety of both fun and educational activities for the public.

The National Night Out is usually held each August as a centralized event at the Munster Community Pool and includes swimming, games, prizes, fireworks, booth participants, safety demonstrations, food, and more, however, due to health concerns and restrictions placed by the state, this year's event was organized with different activities so that it could be celebrated by our community in a safe way.

2020 NNO Volunteers

This year's event included three separate neighborhood parades of emergency vehicles, safety mascots, volunteers tossing out giveaway items to children (while wearing masks and gloves), and Citizenship Award winners.  Residents were able to watch the parades from the safety of their front yards and were also provided online with Resident Safety Guides with tips to share with their families that day.  Area businesses were also provided with Business Safety Guides to share with their staff members and employees.

NNO Parade

In addition, a local Girl Scouts Troop raised funds to purchase hundreds of police support signs which residents picked up from the station to hold or display in their windows during the parades, and blue glow necklaces were also made available at the police station for children to wear that day.  Members of the community were also encouraged to display blue lights to show their support for the event, and a canned food drive at the station collected hundreds of items that were later transported by the police department to a local food pantry.

Chamber w Nat

The Munster Police Department and Choice Community Council of Munster would like to thank the many volunteers, participants, and sponsors who helped to make Munster's National Night Out Against Crime Celebration #1 in our population category this year.  We would also like to thank the MUNSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE for donating funds to purchase our town's very own "Nat the Knight" costume (pictured above) for this year's and future years' events.  We look forward to beginning plans in the spring for this year's National Night Out Against Crime Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

For more information about getting involved with the Choice Community Council of Munster or with our National Night Out activities this year, please contact Officer James Ghrist at 219-836-6639 or jghrist@munster.org Thank you again for your support and participation this year!


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