National Night Out
National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. It is designed to generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs and to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Columbia Heights participates in National Night Out and the accompanying local Minnesota Nite to Unite. The police department has coordinated the event for decades recognizing its importance in connecting with the community to address crime and disorder. As a way for the police department to help residents in need, the evening event is also used to gather donated food items to be given to Southern Anoka Community Assistance. The local food shelf collects the donations after officers have brought them back to the station.
Participation in National Night Out has grown in Columbia Heights and has more than 1,000 residents attending annually. Events can be as simple as several neighbors visiting at a hosts yard to church sponsored gala. Food is usually brought and shared.
For information regarding National Night Out in Columbia Heights including hosting your own event, please contact COP Officer Bill Monberg at 763-706-8142.