National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, more caring place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Aurora Police Department held its first National Night Out on August 1, 2017, joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the crime and drug prevention event. Aurora’s event included face painting, bouncy houses, police vehicles, balloons, safety handouts, free food, raffle baskets and even a tour of the police department.
In August 2018 the event was combined with the popular Kid’s Truck & Tractor event at Kiwanis Moore Park next to the Aurora Fire Department. A Metro SWAT vehicle, fire trucks, an excavator, Dump truck, front end loader and many other vehicles were available for children to get an up close look, climb in, and learn what they did. One of the highlights was watching the Metro Life Flight helicopter land and take off from behind the Fire Department.