Why You Should Post on Social Media During National Night Out

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 28 Jul, 2016

A breakdown of the "why" and "how" of live social media posting

From concerts to conferences, posting "live" on social media (while the event is happening) is really fun! Getting the right picture and coming up with a clever post can add to the enjoyment of the event, but that's not the only reason to live post. Live posting helps further the goals of National Night Out, and it only takes a few seconds. Check out these reasons to live post your National Night Out experience:

Why You Live Post

  • Live posting sends a message to criminals. Posting about how the entire neighborhood came together or how your neighborhood created a  Block Watch  spreads awareness that neighbors are organized and fighting back against crime.
  • Live posting improves police-community relationships.  Show officers in action at parties playing games with neighborhood kids or listening patiently to concerned citizens' grievances. Capturing these spontaneous moments on social media helps others see how our police officers interact with the community, and how much they care about making it better.
  • Live posting increases crime prevention awareness.  Take that  great crime prevention tip or resource shared at the NNO party and post it on social media. Now significantly more people are empowered to prevent and fight crime, which makes our community safer for all.
  • Live posting encourages others to join.  When others see how much fun a NNO party is, they're more likely to high tail it to their nearest public party.
  • Live posting shares your great ideas with others.  Did you come up with a unique food presentation idea or a game the neighborhood kids love? Share your genius idea with others so they can use it next year.

How to Live Post on Facebook

Facebook recently added a new feature called "Facebook Live", which allows you to stream live video to your Facebook page.  To get there, open the Facebook app on your phone and click in the status message. A list of options will pop up. Click the second one down, it should say something along the lines of go live/live video depending on your device. You'll be able to name your video (which will be the status update text) and get a 3-2-1 countdown before it begins recording. Sharing a live video is a great way to show your full NNO party experience, but you can also post status updates, photos, or pre-recorded videos if that's more your style. Don't forget to tag "Spokane C.O.P.S." by typing @SpokaneCOPS and clicking our name when it pops up. Tagging us allows us to know you posted about National Night Out so we can share it with others.

How to Live Post on Twitter

Twitter allows the posting of statuses, photos, and videos as well. To live stream videos, you'll need to download Periscope first. You can tag us on Twitter too, typing in "@SpokaneCOPS". You can also use the #NationalNightOut hashtag.

Ideas for Live Posting

You can live post whatever you want, but here are some ideas to get you started:
  • photo/video of your VIP guest (like a police officer)
  • show kids playing a game
  • show off the delicious food
  • show off your decorations
  • share a crime prevention tip/program
  • get neighbors to share their favorite part of living in the neighborhood
  • share your favorite National Night Out memory

National Night Out Parties

Here is the list of National Night Out public parties you can attend: 

  • 10 AM - 12 PM Target 4915 S Regal
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM WCCC 1603 N Belt
  • 4 PM - 6 PM Wall Street between Sprague and Main
  • 4:30 PM - 7 PM Martin Luther King Center 845 S Sherman
  • 5 PM - 8 PM Rochester Heights Park  
  • 5:30 PM -7 PM Minnehaha Park 4000 E Frederick
  • 6 PM -8 PM Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church 4102 S Crestline

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