National Night Out

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Each year, for the past 35 years, communities in the United States have been coming together with law enforcement to raise awareness on crime prevention. This year, Orange County will be recognizing National Night Out on Tuesday, October 2. 

For any crime to take place, three elements must exist:

  1. The desire to commit the crime
  2. The ability to commit the crime
  3. The opportunity to commit the crime

We want to educate communities on removing the ability and opportunity for criminals to commit crimes by locking your homes and vehicles.

This year, the Orange County Sheriff's Office will host a National Night Out Contest to raise awareness. Participating neighborhoods will submit their event ideas and three winners will be selected. The winning neighborhoods will receive a visit from Sheriff Jerry Demings, his senior staff, and other members of the Sheriff's Office.

Participation in the contest is not required and neighborhoods are still encouraged to register with Neighborhood Services and take part in National Night Out.

Register your community for National Night Out. This allows access for the Sheriff's Office to visit your event.

To participate in the contest, submit a contest registration form by Saturday, September 22, 2018. Forms may be e-mailed to nationalnightout@ocfl.net or mailed to:

Deputy First Class Julie Burgos
Crime Prevention
Orange County Sheriff's Office
2500 W Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32802

Online Contest Registration

Little Lake Barton National Night Out


Event Ideas

Contribute to your Community

  • Beautify a common area
  • Have a sign-up sheet for Operation Identification
  • Plan a fall clean-up or bulb planting
  • Nominate a block or an individual for a crime prevention award
  • Sign all ages up for library cards

Activities for Youth

  • Bicycle parade/rodeo
  • Chalk Art
  • Face Painting
  • Moon Bounce/Moon Walk
  • Make a banner or mural
  • Piñata
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Talent Show

Simple Refreshments

  • Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
  • Cookie Exchange
  • Potluck
  • Pretzels and Soda
  • Ice Cream Cones