Every first Tuesday of August, millions of people celebrate National Night Out (NNO) in neighborhoods across the country to celebrate community and law enforcement partnerships.
NNO brings together individuals from communities in all 50 states, United States territories, and military bases worldwide. This includes:
Law enforcement agencies
Over 38 million people from 16,790 communities celebrated NNO in 2018.
Mission of National Night Out
The mission of National Night Out is to:
Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs
Heighten crime prevention awareness
Send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
The VHPD 24th Annual NNO Event (2019)
The 2019 National Night Out event was held on Tuesday, August 6, in Hartmann Park on Oakwood Rd.It was our 24th year of participating in National Night Out. (Yes, 2018 did get rained out, but we are counting it anyway.) We had free food and ice cream, several inflatables to jump on, face painting, a water spray and enough music to get everyone moving. The bookmobile from the Cook Memorial Library was also on hand as was local representatives from At&T (a national NNO sponsor).
As is always the case, we had plenty of food to go around. The crowd seemed slightly larger than in past years. This was perhaps due in part to the increased involvement of Chick-fil-A. They graciously cooked up and served 2,500 chicken sandwiches. (That's A LOT of chicken.) We also cooked up 720 hot dogs (which were gone in approximately 2 hours). By the time the event ended, we had also gone through 996 bottles of water, over 1,098 cans of pop, 160 fruit juices, 1,350 bags of snacks and 720 ice cream bars.
As always, NNO is completely free and is meant for our residents to come out and get to know their neighbors, meet the police and (most of all) have fun!
Annual Volleyball Matches
Two Vernon Hills Police Department teams took on teams from the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration Committee, the Lincolnshire Police Department and the Depke Juvenile Complex in some (friendly) volleyball matches.
Our Fabulous Sponsors
Our local sponsors for NNO 2019 were A-Z Entertainment, Record-A-Hit, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture,the Vernon Hills Chick-fil-A, the Vernon Hills Park District and the Countryside Fire Protection District. The entire event would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Vernon Hills Public Works Department. Thank you also to Chick-fil-A, Inc. for their involvement and cooperation.
It should be noted that all of the above were also involved in past NNO events.
Trying to pull off an event like NNO would not be possible without the assistance of many, many volunteers. Huge thanks goes out to some our Citizen's Police Academy graduates and other great Vernon Hills residents who graciously donated their time to help serve food, distribute children's tattoos and take the pictures shown below.
Please enjoy these pictures from our 2019 National Night Out!