Maple Grove Receives National Night Out First Place Award
Jan 07, 2016 10:00PM
● By Wendy Erlien
File photo: 2015 Maple Grove National Night Out (provided by Maple Grove Police Department)
Each August, neighbors and community members throughout Maple Grove join in as thousands nationwide celebrate National Night Out.
The community-wide gatherings in 2015 earned the Maple Grove a first place award for cities with populations between 50,000-99,999, according to the Maple Grove Police Department.
On Aug. 4, National Night Out in Maple Grove began with a free barbecue lunch and emergency equipment display at the Maple Grove Community Center – with approximately 1,800 people visiting during the event. In the evening, Maple Grove elected officials, police, fire, and other National Night out supporters visited 167 registered block parties throughout the city. The community events earned a first place award for National Night Out.
National Night Out is designed to “heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that Maple Grove neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” according to a release from the Maple Grove Police Department.
This isn’t the first time Maple Grove placed in the top five nationwide. In 2014, Maple Grove received a third place award.
“The Maple Grove Police Department is very proud to have been awarded first place in 2015 and look forward to participating in National Night Out 2016,” the department said in a release.
The 2016 National Night Out celebration is scheduled for Aug. 2 in Maple Grove.