Courtesy the Harris County Sheriff's Office
Local agencies are reaching out to the community as part of the 29th annual National Night Out—sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and Target—which is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Texas. The event began is 1984 as a way to heighten awareness of local anti-crime efforts and to promote the partnership with law enforcement and the community, said Sgt. Yvonne Cooper with the Harris County Sheriff's department.
“This event strengthens neighborhood spirits and the law enforcement and citizen relationship,” she said. “It also sends a message to criminals to say, 'We are working together and we have each other's back.’ We are all too busy these days—this is an opportunity to help people get out and get to know their neighbors.”
About 80 events are registered throughout unincorporated Harris County and range from simple block parties to events in which up to 5,000 residents are expected to attend.
The City of Jersey Village has estimated more than 50 locations are hosting parties in the area as well. In total, hundreds of locations and thousands of residents throughout Houston will participate in this year's event.
"[National Night Out] provides a unique opportunity for the City of Jersey Village to join forces with thousands of other communities across the country in promoting cooperative police–community crime prevention efforts,” said Mayor Russell Hamley. "The Jersey Village police department plays a vital role in assisting the Harris County Sheriff's Department through joint crime, drug and violence prevention.”
Local events will be held throughout Harris County from around 5:30–9 p.m. For more information, call the Harris County Sheriff's Office at 713-759-9454.