Record registration reported for Tuesday NNO event

217 registrations have been filed for National Night Out gatherings tomorrow evening, breaking the old mark of 196 set in 2016

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    A record 217 registrations were filed with the Arlington Police for tomorrow night's National Night Out event, breaking the old mark of 196 set in 2016. (Photo: Jason Waite/Arlington Voice)
Ken Costlow

According to a statement from the Arlington Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, a record 217 registrations have been filed for National Night Out gatherings tomorrow evening, breaking the old mark of 196 set a year ago.

National Night Out is the largest crime prevention deterrent of its kind nationwide.

Participating citizens turn on their porch lights and gather outdoors to connect with their neighbors. Police officers use the occasion to visit the gatherings for positive interactions with neighbors.

“National Night Out is a celebration of police and community partnerships,” Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said. “It’s an opportunity for us to connect with one another, talk about crime prevention, safe neighborhoods and have a great time together.”

Several block parties and cookouts have been planned across the city for Tuesday night. Many apartment complexes and churches are also included in the festivities.

In addition to the police officers, various elected officials, Citizens on Patrol, first responders and officials from a variety of city departments also take part.

Crime Prevention Sergeant Vince Pewitt said the department is monitoring local weather conditions and is encouraging residents to make alternative plans indoors in the event of heavy rainfall tomorrow.

A 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms have been forecast for Tuesday night by KXAS-TV meteorologists.

In 2016, Arlington ranked second in the nation among participating cities. Over the last five years, Arlington has ranked in the top five for U.S. cities with populations of 300,000 or more.

A listing of neighborhood gatherings around the city can be found on the local National Night Out website.