National Night Out: An October success story

Published 12:27 am Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The city of Franklin successfully moved its annual National Night Out event from the summer to the fall this year, drawing a strong crowd to Armory Drive Recreational Park on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

As noted at natw.org, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Neighborhoods and localities host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more.

Franklin’s NNO event, which ran from 4-7 p.m., was coordinated by the Franklin Police Department, with multiple city departments participating and helping.

“Going into our National Night Out event, I was a bit worried about attendance due to moving from August to October,” FPD Chief Steve Patterson stated in a Friday, Oct. 6, interview. “At the conclusion I was very excited about the attendance, the partnership with vendors and the amount of city departments and public safety partners that joined us.”

He said organizers were estimating that 500 people attended the event.

Franklin City Manager Amanda C. Jarratt expressed similar excitement Monday, Oct. 9, with how NNO proceeded.

“The city of Franklin is thrilled with the attendance at the recent National Night Out event,” she stated. “We are thankful to all of the agencies and community members that supported our efforts. Moving the event to October allowed for much more enjoyable temperatures and greater participation. We are grateful for the relationships that are grown and fostered through events such as this.” 

Patterson confirmed that the FPD plans to continue holding the event in October in the future due to the cooler temperatures.