The Red Oak Police Department is inviting the public to come out to enjoy a fun filled evening for the whole family Tuesday, Oct. 1. The department is hosting National Night Out at its department, which is a citywide block party that encourages residents to get to know their neighbors and emergency responders.

“This event is to unite the community with local police and fire departments. It is for the community to get to know us a little better so they will feel more confortable with us,” Red Oak Police Department Community Relations Officer Nathan Bickerstaff said. “It takes the involvement of our citizens and us to fight crime and we can’t do it by ourselves. We don’t live in the neighborhoods where our citizens live and they know that something is out of the ordinary and not right.”

Bickerstaff said National Night Out helps to build partnerships with citizens so they can trust us.

The event will be held at the Red Oak Police and Fire Station that is located at 547 N. Methodist St. Activities for National Night Out will run from 6-9 p.m.

Event organizer Tamara Mayfield said during National Night Out there will be two scrimmage football games from teams that are a part of the Red Oak Pee Wee Football Association. The Longhorns will face the Blackhawks and the Chargers will take on the Rebels. The scrimmage will take place in the field next to the station. Dancers from Dance Xpressions and Boogie Shoes will preform.

Mayfield said people attending the event would have the opportunity to win door prizes from Mary Kay, Scentsy, Christi Slider Photography and dance lessons.

Members of both the police and fire departments will be on hand to visit with residents, answer questions and provide information about crime prevention. There will be members of the Ellis County Sherriff’s Office, the Red Oak Independent School District Police Department and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety present as well. McGruff the Crime Dog will also make an appearance.

Members of the Red Oak Police Department Explorer Post will be available to meet with the public and answer questions about their organization.

The police explorer program educates youth about the role of law enforcement in the community and helps to build leadership skills. The program is open to young adults who are between the ages of 14-21 and have completed the eighth grade.

There will also be free food and drinks available that includes hotdogs, chips, deserts, water and tea. Some of the sponsors for the event include Walmart, Chicken Express, Target, Dairy Queen and Uncle Willie’s Pies.

The event is free and open to the public to attend and parking is free. People who have questions about the event can contact Bickerstaff at 469-218-7710 for more information.

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