It's called National Night Out, a time when block parties spring up throughout neighborhoods in Fairfield, Suisun and throughout the nation.
But the block parties are more then just a way for neighbors to share gossip. They are about sending a message to criminals -- crime and drugs will not be tolerated.
That's the whole reason that National Night Out was established 29 years ago. And tonight, beginning at 5 p.m., Fairfield will join in on the festivities.
Fairfield’s National Night Out is sponsored by the City of Fairfield and Fairfield Police and Fire Departments. Members of the Fairfield City Council, Department Heads, and Police Department Command Staff will visit 43 registered events in neighborhoods throughout the City. Fire personnel will also visit many neighborhoods.
Fairfield’s National Night Out showcases the vital importance of community partnerships to law enforcement. It's a concept called community-based policing, where citizens take an active role in making their neighborhoods safe. But they can't do that without knowing who to get in touch with, when something is going on.
That's when knowing a police officer, and perhaps having a direct link to him or her, is beneficial for both the department and the neighborhood. National Night Out aims to forge those bonds with Fairfield and Suisun City residents in an attempt to stamp out crime.
"This annual event promotes safety in the community, creates unity in neighborhoods, and provides an opportunity for residents to speak with representatives of the City as well as the Police and Fire Departments," read a Fairfield Police Department press release.
A block captain usually registers their block party with the Fairfield Police Department so that the police can visit the parties and bring goodies. They also chat with neighbors and interact with them.
Suisun is taking it a step further.
From 5-8 p.m. at Carl E. Hall Park, the city wil host a block party between the Suisun City Library, the Fire Department and the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
Suisun Police will be hosting a block party at Carl E. Hall Park, 609 Pintail Drive, between the , the Fire Department and the Salvation Army KROC Center, 5-8 p.m., on Aug. 7.