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Crime prevention “National Night Out” scheduled Oct. 4 in local neighborhoods

ROCKWALL – Neighborhoods across Rockwall County are joining forces with thousands of communities statewide for the 28th annual “National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event, Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6-8 pm.

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by all local law enforcement offices, over 9,000 communities and from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world are expected to participate.

National Night Out & Texas Night Out are designed to:

  1. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  2. Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts
  3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  4. Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.

Residents throughout Rockwall County and across the state are asked to lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and spend an evening outside with their neighbors and police, according to Rockwall Police Department Sgt. Jeff Welch.

“Many neighborhoods throughout Rockwall will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, swimming parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, and various youth activities. Texas Night Out 2011 can also be used to re-certify a neighborhood as a Neighborhood Crime Watch participant,” he said.

“The City of Rockwall has been honored to win the National NNO Award for many years and we expect this year’s event to be an even bigger success,” he added.

“The Rockwall Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol and Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will visit the participating neighborhoods along with members of the Rockwall Police Department. Any groups including neighborhoods, multi-family housing and business, can register and participate.”

Further, this year’s event will feature a food drive to help support Rockwall County Helping Hand’s Food Pantry.”

Any neighborhood still interested in participating in this year’s event should contact RPD Sgt. Welch at jwelch@rockwall.com, RPD Officer Jay Shippy at jshippy@rockwall.com or visit the RPD Community Services Office at 1113 Ridge Road.

Registration forms along with party ideas can be obtained at the Rockwall Police Department or online at www.rockwall.com.

By J.J. Smith

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