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Police Hope To Strengthen Community Relations During National Night Out

Most celebrate in August, but in Texas, the event takes place on the first Tuesday of October to give residents a break from the summer heat.

National Night Out logo
National Night Out logo

The annual National Night Out is designed to improve relationships between police officers and the communities they serve.

Picture cookouts, dancing and little kids exploring police vehicles. The event gives residents and officers a chance to get together under positive circumstances. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland encourages people to get outside and meet their neighbors.

“There’s no more effective crime prevention tool than one neighbor looking out for another and neighbors communicating with the law enforcement officers that have to protect their neighborhoods,” McClelland says.

More than 16,000 communities in all 50 states take part in National Night Out. Most celebrate in August, but in Texas, the event takes place on the first Tuesday of October to give residents a break from the summer heat.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says it’s an opportunity to get to know law enforcement officers.

“It is truly a partnership,” Hickman says. “Public safety requires relationships with our communities. This is one of those unique opportunities for everybody to get out of the house and have conversations with people who will be watching your residence when you’re gone.”

The event takes place Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. Harris County has hosted National Night Out for more than 30 years.

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