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City Earns National, State Night Out Honors
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The City of Oakdale is ranked second for California and 20th in the United States for this summer’s National Night Out event.

The Oakdale Police Department is proud to announce the community took second place in California for its festivities from National Night Out and 20th place overall in the nation (city population between 15,000 and 50,000). This is based on the block parties from Aug. 1, 2017, where the City of Oakdale hosted eight citywide parties with approximately 5,000 people in attendance.

Following the Aug. 1 event, a scrapbook was submitted by the police department in September to the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The scrapbook included a video and pictures of all the parties from the night including a kickoff event at Burchell Park with a Classic Car Show. The NATW ranks the cities based on several criteria including neighborhood participation, law enforcement participation and the overall campaign.

National Night Out provides an opportunity the first Tuesday in August of each year for communities nationwide to heighten crime and drug awareness, promote police and community partnerships and develop neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out involves over 38.5 million people and more than 16,000 communities from all fifty states.

The Oakdale Police Department would like to thank all those who attended the event and sponsors. Corporate Sponsors were: ADT, Associa, Dietz & Watson, King’s Hawaiian, Martin-Brower Company and Ring. Executive Sponsor: Sunrise Rotary. Gold Sponsor: Oakdale Rotary, BMC – West. Silver Sponsor: Soroptimist International. Bronze Sponsors: Bordona’s Furniture, Farmers Insurance, Firenze’s Restaurant, Haidlen Ford, Steves Chevrolet, Togo’s Eatery and Oak Valley Community Bank. Copper Sponsors: Café Bravo, Costless, Target, McDonald’s.

Police issued a statement noting: “The success of this event would not have been possible without the above sponsors and many others that donated items, time and support to NNO 2017 including Big 5 Sporting Goods, Café Bliss, Cindy’s Restaurant, Cold Stone Creamery, Jack Frost Ice, House of Beef, Little Caesars Pizza, Moss Rose Bakery, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Oakdale Irrigation District, Pacific Gas & Electric, PepsiCo, Prime Shine, Raley’s, Sconza Candy, Starbucks and Subway Restaurants.”

Oakdale Police Public Information Officer Janeen Yates coordinated the event with sponsors and block party leaders and ensured its success.


“National Night Out provides us the opportunity to highlight our community’s strengths to the rest of the state and the nation,” said Chief Scott Heller after hearing of our community’s ranking. “We are very fortunate to live in such an outstanding community and to be recognized on a large stage like NNO.”