The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) notified the Turlock and Modesto Police Departments that both were ranked highly for their National Night Out events, which were held on Aug. 5.
Turlock placed second in California and No. 20 in the nation in Category 3, which includes areas with a population of 50,000 to 99,000.
Modesto placed first in California and fifth in the nation in Category 2, which includes cities with a population between 100,000 and 299,000.
Thousands gathered with law enforcement and city personnel at a combined total of 163 parties were hosted in neighborhoods. Police coordinators in both cities spent months preparing for the big night.
“I am very proud of our employees who work so hard on this annual event,” said Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson. “We are also very grateful of our community who really make this event special each year.”
During the event, neighbors were encouraged to get to know one another, strengthen their neighborhood spirit, and build stronger community-police partnerships.
“The citizens of Modesto have once again proven that taking pride and ownership of their neighborhoods is a top priority,” said Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll. “It is a great honor to receive first place again this year and we look forward to working together with the community to continue our fight on crime.”
National Night Out is another tool that both agencies use to get residents in their respective cities together in an ongoing effort to heighten crime prevention awareness and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Shortly after the Night Out, coordinators submitted post project reports to NATW to be considered as honorees for the national awards program. Staff reviewed the submissions and notified the agencies of their ranking earlier this week.
Plaques will be presented to both agencies at a later date.