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National Night Out is a much-anticipated citywide event in Lodi. Neighborhood Watch groups begin planning their party months in advance. Each year, during the celebration, many are already making their plans for the next year. The parties get bigger and more elaborate, with the good-natured competition between neighborhoods growing.
Each year the excitement level builds within the Police Department in anticipation of NNO. Staff members come into the office days in advance wanting to know what parties they are going to, what activities are at the parties, and what goodies they will be serving. There is a celebration to please everyone’s taste.
Local schools, churches and businesses were invited to participate in the National Night Out Celebration.
Every neighborhood hosting a NNO function receives a personal visit from Police Department staff.
In 2008, 139 Neighborhood Watch groups were represented with 82 separate block parties. The City placed seventh nationally for participation among cities with populations between 50,000 and 99,999.
In 2002, the City received the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities to honor Lodi's outstanding participation in NNO 2001.