NNO Neighborhood Block Party

The annual National Night Out (NNO) event is America’s night to give crime and drugs a going away party. OPD Chief Orlando Rolón is asking all neighborhoods to join us in "Protecting the Heart of Orlando" by hosting your very own NNO neighborhood block party on October 6, 2020.

Register your party with OPD to receive a NNO Party Package and free street closure and blockades. Each Block Party: 

  • will be visited by their City Commissioner
  • will receive special visits from the officers who patrol their neighborhood

Keep in mind:

  • Please remember to plan for social distancing.
  • Please ask all attendees to wear a mask.
  • We are encouraging smaller parties this year. 

The deadline to register your block party is September 18, 2020.

Register your neighborhood block party

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

NNO Goes To Church is an opportunity for area churches to work hand in hand with law enforcement in the prevention of crime while at the same time connecting with its surrounding community. 

Each registered church will host its own NNO block party on the church grounds. NNO Goes to Church registrants will receive a Block Party Package that includes: 

  • NNO Banner
  • Water
  • Coloring books
  • NNO T-shirts
  • And a host of other materials to help make your party a success

Register your church block party

Enter the NNO Theme Contest for a chance to have the NNO Caravan visit your party. The NNO Caravan will include Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando Police Chief, Orlando Fire Department Chief, McGruff the Crime Dog and Nat the NNO Knight.

Be Creative

Cash prizes are given to first, second and third place winners. View photos from past NNO Theme Contest winning parties.

You do not have to enter the Theme Contest to have a successful NNO Block Party. The deadline is August 14, 2020.

See our theme contest judging criteria

2019 NNO Photo Contest Winner

Take photographs of your neighborhood National Night Out party on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 then email your best shots to karl.anderson@orlando.gov by October 20, 2020. Each photo must feature the NNO logo and one of the following:

  • law enforcement representative or apparatus
  • Orlando Fire Department firefighter or vehicle

When submitting your photo:

  • Photos must be .jpg attachments 
  • Photographer's last name must be included in the file names
  • Name and contact information must be included in the body of the email, along with information about each photo (i.e. Summer Storm neighborhood, John Smith in his National Night Out cape)
  • Photos will be judged on theme, creativity and neighborhood involvement

One winner will be chosen and receive a prize. Don't forget to share your NNO photos with the hashtag #OrlandoNNO on social media.

By submitting your photos, you grant the right to the City of Orlando and the Orlando Police Department to full use of the photograph which depicts the faces of adults and children at a public event.

  • NNO Newbie Party Package – this special bonus package will be given to all first time NNO participants. Your newbie party package will contain cups, plates, plastic utensils, napkins, a plastic table cloth and garbage bags. 

  • Early Registration – You may complete your registration here or call the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 407.246.2369, and a registration packet will be mailed to you. Submit your registration form by September 7, 2020 and receive an entry into the grand prize drawing.

  • National Night Out Block Party Package – NNO banner, NNO balloons, NNO T-shirts and other party supplies will be given to each registered NNO party. 

  • All parties registered by September 7, 2020 are guaranteed to receive a Party Package. Registrations received after this date will be issued a Party Package on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. 

  • Party Package Pick Up - pick up your NNO Party Package from the Orlando Police Headquarters (1250 West South Street) using the following pick up schedule: 

Date Pickup Time
September 16  1 - 7 p.m. 
September 17  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
September 18  2 - 7 p.m.
September 20  12 - 3 p.m.

When picking up your Party Package, please call 407.246.2369 when you are 5 minutes away and a staff member will meet you at your car with your Party Package. This will help cut down your wait time.

Keep in mind: all events or programs must follow CDC and/or Florida Department of Health guidelines as it relates to social distancing, sanitation and face coverings. 

Barbecue

Grill up some favorites and learn more about your community’s stance against crime.

Q&A with local police

Host a question and answer session with your local police to learn more about their roles and how to prevent crime. 

Outdoor games

Get your game face on with community basketball, cornhole, an obstacle course and more.

Community food bank collection

Give back to the community by holding a food drive for a local charity or organization.

Scavenger hunt

Send the kids (and any adults desiring) on a scavenger hunt for unique finds. Be sure to have prizes for the winners!

Update on neighborhood affairs

Start a tradition and have designated community members share events, accomplishments and concerns.

Set up a photo booth

Set up a photo booth where kids, adults and local emergency responders can take photos.

Beautify a common neighborhood space

Beautify a common neighborhood space like a local garden or cleaning up a subdivision. 

  1. At the event: Assign a specific neighbor to look for and greet the officer(s), fire fighters, paramedics, and city officials attending your event. Introduce them publicly or individually to the neighbors attending your party.
  2. Prior to the event, assign specific neighbors to specific duties. Praise the volunteers, publicly, and send Thank You notes to them.
  3. Consider name tags for everyone at your event. Maybe the children and teens could design/make them.
  4. Consider inviting area businesses to your event.
  5. Keep good records. If you have a root beer float event for 50 people, keep records of how many tubs of ice cream and two-liter containers of root beer you used. This will make next year's event much easier to plan.
  6. Involve children and teens. One coordinator had a great response because she told the kids in the neighborhood well in advance about the parade plans and what the kids could do to prepare.
  7. Plan in advance, keep organized, and utilize volunteers.
  8. Assign a neighbor to photograph your party, and then consider posting the photos on Facebook, Nextdoor.com, or send photos via email to the neighbors.
  9. When you send Thank You notes to businesses/organizations who have donated to your NNO party, include a photograph.

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