Johnston Police set to host National Night Out event


Johnston will join more than 38 million people across 16 thousand communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide by celebrating National Night Out on August 3 at Johnston War Memorial Park from 5 to 8 p.m.

National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer places to live and work. The event is designed to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while creating a sense of community, especially given the events of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so looking forward to this event this year and we were very disappointed that last year we needed to cancel, but we’re back and bigger than ever,” said Johnston Police Chief Joseph Razza.

Johnston will celebrate National Night Out by hosting a cookout with complimentary food and drink, a bounce house, a monster truck and touch a truck event, along with a special guest from Paw Patrol. Admission is free, and the Johnston Police Department encourages all residents to come to Johnston War Memorial Park to meet members of the police and fire departments.

The Johnston Police Department considers National Night Out to be a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive and informal circumstances, with a goal of building and expanding community partnerships.

“This is a night for our nation to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity,” said National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement. When law enforcement and the community work closely together, some amazing things can happen.”

National Night Out is nationally sponsored by NATW, Ring, New York Life, Starbucks, Associa, AT&T, Academy Sports & Outdoors and co-sponsored locally by the Johnston Police Department.

“The members of the Johnston Police Department welcome everyone to this year’s National Night Out and we look forward to seeing you,” said Razza.

For those who would like contribute a donation to the event, or to reserve an exhibition space, please contact Captain Joseph Salvadore at For more information on National Night Out, please visit

In an effort to assist the state with its goal of vaccinating more Rhode Islanders against COVID-19, Johnston has also partnered with the Rhode Island Department of Health to host a free vaccination clinic during National Night Out festivities. No appointment is necessary.


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