Anoka ready for Night to Unite block parties

Neighborhoods across Anoka are getting ready to host Night to Unite block parties.

The annual Night to Unite will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7. It is a chance for people to get to know their neighbors and have some fun while learning a few things about crime prevention.

Parties registered with the Anoka Police Department will receive a visit from both the local police and fire departments, said Sgt. Eric Peterson.

“This year we are going to be talking to people about family safety,” said Peterson.

This includes emergency preparedness, from a natural disaster to a personal family crisis.

The block parties provide a great venue for talking to people about safety issues.

“We’ll also be prepared to talk to discuss crime in people’s neighborhoods, something they always want to talk about,” said Peterson.

Night to Unite promotes getting to know your neighbors as an important part of crime prevention.

Early this week there were only 15 parties registered with the Anoka Police Department, according Peterson. Last year, Anoka hosted 31 parties in different neighborhoods.

Late registrations are common, he said, and the city has typically been hosting more parties than ever before.

Peterson encourages organizers to register the parties as soon as possible, giving police enough time to schedule visits and plan to supply barricades if a portion of the street needs to be blocked off.

Parties can be registered by Friday, Aug. 3 by calling Peterson at 763-576-2800.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]