Originally scheduled for the first Tuesday in August, but postponed then, the Oakdale Police Department has now announced that Tuesday, Oct. 6 will be the date for this year’s National Night Out. With COVID-19, the annual event was forced to be postponed during the summer but this coming Tuesday evening, the much anticipated event will take place at Fair Oaks Elementary School. Normally a night where neighbors, first responders and people in the community gather and enjoy games, info booths, BBQ and socializing, the observance has now been altered to a drive-thru style function in keeping with coronavirus social distancing guidelines.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6, people in the community are encouraged to pick up their meal that includes hamburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments. The meals have been generously donated by the Martin-Brower Company, said police officials. Expected to be in attendance are local government leaders, various Neighborhood Watch Group representatives and public safety personnel. Those planning to attend are reminded that this is a drive-thru event only; meals will be delivered to your car, there will be no ‘walk ups’ allowed. Fair Oaks Elementary is at 151 N. Lee Ave., Oakdale.
In a statement released by the Oakdale Police Department, officials indicated: “The safety and well-being of our citizens and our staff remains our top priority. We are excited to announce a creative solution for us to participate in this annual tradition of coming together with members of our community while adhering to all health and safety precautions currently in place.”
For more information about the event contact the Oakdale Police Department at (209) 847-2231.
National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event aimed at strengthening neighborhoods through police-community partnerships. The goal is to heighten crime and drug awareness, increase support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, and to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and united with police against crime. National Night Out involves more than 38 million people and nearly 16,000 communities from all 50 states. The City of Oakdale has participated every year and has ranked in the top three in the state and the top 25 in the nation for the past three years, demonstrating the strength of its community and police partnerships.