Maple Grove 3rd in the nation for National Night Out

The city of Maple Grove was recently honored with a national recognition.

Maple Grove Police Chief David Jess grills up some goodies during the 2012 Maple Grove National Night Out Kick Off event last August. (Sun staff file photo)

Maple Grove Police Chief David Jess grills up some goodies during the 2012 Maple Grove National Night Out Kick Off event last August. (Sun staff file photo)

The 2012 National Night Out campaign in Maple Grove placed third in the nation for populations ranging from 50,000 to 100,000. The city of Brooklyn Park took fourth place in the same population category. St. Paul took first place and Rochester/Ulmstead County took second in the 100,000 to 299,999 population category. Minneapolis took first place in the 300,000 and up population category.

In 2011, that campaign also took third in the nation. Crime Prevention Officer Todd Strege said, “It’s nice to hold this status for two years. Ultimately our goal is to get first place ranking.”

He said to achieve this honor the Maple Grove Police Department has to submit a post project report to the National Association of Town Effort. Maple Grove puts together a book, which includes photos from local media, residents and Police Department photographers. The book includes the kick off event held at the community center as well as parties and getting police and fire employees out into the neighborhoods.

In 2012, there were 140 parties around the city. During the National Night Out parties neighborhoods get together to meet their neighbors and members of the Maple Grove Police and Fire Departments.

Strege said, “It’s nice to get out and meet people. They support us and our department.”

The city is always looking for people to participate and to add more block parties.

“It’s a great time of year,” Strege said.

Planning for the 2013 National Night Out event will begin in May/June. Strege is inviting those who haven’t participated or that wants to host a party can contact the Maple Grove Police Department for information at 763-494-6100.

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