The goal of National Night Out is to build a good working relationship between members of law enforcement and the public. Two neighborhoods in Waxahachie will be hosting block parties Tuesday, Oct. 1, to bring both of these groups together.  

The two neighborhoods that will be hosting block parties are the neighborhood of West Main Street and the neighborhood of Mustang Creek Drive and Sumner Lane.

Waxahachie Community Relations Officer Wess Winn said this event started out as a way for neighbors to get to know each other and to show others that they are vigilant in keeping an eye out for crime.

Waxahachie Police officers and firefighters will be out visiting with residents and answering any questions that they might have. Members of the Waxahachie Police Department Explorer Post will be on site handing out information about crime prevention to residents.

According to the National Night Out website the event started in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. In its 30th year National Night Out involves more than 37 million people in15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

The events start around 6 p.m. and are only for residents that live in those areas. Food will be available at the events.

Winn said this event allows residents to get to know first responders better and build on the relationship they have with them. This event helps to build community and strengthen neighborhoods, Winn added.

If residents are interested about information on these two National Night Out events, wanting to start one in their neighborhood or wanting information on how to start a neighborhood watch, contact Winn at the police department at 469-309-4410.

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