The City of Monroe, NC was rewarded with a national top ten placement, and first in the state, for its outstanding participation during the 26th annual National Night Out that took place on Aug. 4. National organizers recently released the communities with the greatest participation and Monroe was ranked eighth in the nation in the 15,000 to 49,000 population category, finishing ahead of thousands of other cities.
National Night Out allows communities to partner with local police departments to heighten drug prevention awareness and symbolizes a stand against crime in their community. These Communities did everything from having cook-outs and children’s activities to having live music and hay rides all in joint participation with the Monroe Police Department. Monroe Police Officers were at each of the event locations interacting with the residents and establishing relationships.
“This year, National Night Out in Monroe grew tremendously in community participation making it a successful event,”
- Monroe Police Sergeant Gail Hicks
. “There were more than 30 communities within the city that were registered for events within their neighborhoods representing the largest participation since we began National Night Out in 1999 with approximately 13 participating communities.”
Every year, National Night Out brings citizens, city officials and emergency personnel together for a night out of activities and crime prevention awareness. Along with that, there is a sense of unity and strengthening of relationships during this special time.
“Monroe always takes pride in National Night Out and it still remains as one of our city’s best loved days,” said Hicks. “The excitement and anticipation was evident throughout the city during the event.”
City of Monroe National Night Out community winners were:
1st place – Old Rolling Hills (Formerly Stewart Park)
2nd place – Brekonridge
3rd place – Glendalough
Honorable Mention – Oak Forest