Neighborhood groups throughout San Marcos and Hays County are planning block parties, cookouts, visits from law enforcement, and other National Night Out events next week.
The 2011 NNO will be Tuesday, Oct. 4. Some neighborhoods and communities host porch-sittings and “lights on” areas, and others may plan rallies and marches. NNO is used to heighten awareness of crime prevention strategies, enhance police-community relations, bolster volunteer morale, and serve as a deterrent to criminals.
“The National Night Out is one the most important crime prevention tools we have because it harnesses the power of the community,” said Howard Williams, San Marcos chief of police. “It’s a good time and it’s very positive, but it also makes a real impact in our neighborhoods.”
Individuals who wish to participate in NNO may call their local law enforcement agency or neighborhood watch coordinator. Neighborhoods wishing to participate may contact San Marcos police officer Danny Arredondo at (512) 754-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested neighborhoods may also contact Hays County sheriff’s deputy Jeffrey Jordan at (512) 393-7373 or email@example.com.
Other states celebrated NNO on Aug. 2. Texas’ celebration is later due to the severity of August’s hot weather.
NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. NATW is a non-profit organization that develops and promotes law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs. Members of NATW include neighborhood and community groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, concerned individuals, and a variety of businesses and civic groups. NATW’s network of information, assistance and affiliation has served hundreds of member-groups throughout North America since 1981.
Participating neighborhoods and communities in San Marcos include Hills of Hays, Wellington, Stone Brook, Willow Creek, CM Allen Homes, Blanco Vista, Mockingbird/Pulte Subdivision, Chapultepec Apartments, Allenwood Homes, Savannah Club, Heritage Neighborhood, Oak Heights, Sierra Vista, Hughson Heights, Sierra Circle, Castle Forrest, Franklin Square, Pierce Court, Ridgeway, Clear Springs Apartments, Blanco River Village, Springtown Villas, Victory Gardens, and Country Oaks Apartments.Email | Print
Could we find a way to support law enforcement without promoting cookouts during a time when so much of Texas is going up in flames?
I hope neighborhood groups will focus on the other options listed.