National Night Out centers on bringing the community together and building trust with members of the law enforcement community. Waxahachie’s Night Out celebration will take place in several neighborhoods across the city on Saturday, Oct. 1.

“National Night out is in it’s 28th year. They started out in neighborhoods by getting residents together and turning on their poach lights and walking up and down the street,” said Wess Winn, community relations and crime prevention officer with the Waxahachie Police Department.

“Most neighborhoods celebrate Night Out the second Tuesday night in August, but we were able to receive a waver to do in October because of the heat,” he added.

Winn said the goal of Night Out is to bring members of law enforcement and the public together so that they can build a trust and work together to make neighborhoods saferer. Members of the Waxahachie Police Department will be on hand at each of the neighborhood celebrations to visit with residents and provide information on crime prevention.

Information will be given on topics such as how to make your home a safer place in order to deter burglars, as well as other helpful crime prevention information.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs such as neighborhood watch, while strengthening neighborhood spirit.

In 2010 NNO involved more than 37 million people in 15,110 communities from around the U.S, Canada, and military bases.

The events in Waxahachie will feature free food and activities for the entire family such as bounce houses and face painting for children. The Waxahachie Fire Department will also be on hand to visit with residents.

Groups that are hosting celebrations include:

• The Main Street Neighborhood Watch group. That event will take place in the 700 block of Main Street starting at 10 a.m. and lasting utill noon.

• The Lawndale Circle Neighborhood Watch will host its event in the Lawndale cull de sac from 10 a.m. utill noon.

• The Saddlebrook Estates Neighborhood Watch group will be hosting its event from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the gazebo by the community pool. Members of Air Evac Life Team will land one of its helicopters that will be on display during the event.

• The Lakewood Neighborhood Watch group celebration will be held from noon-2 p.m. in the 300 block of Lakewood.

• The Northgate Neighborhood Watch group will hold its event from noon- 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Big Bend.

• The Buffalo Ridge Neighborhood Watch group will host its event from 1-3 p.m. Members of PHI will land one of its helicopters that will be on display during the event.

For more information on any of the Waxahachie Night Out events, contact Winn at 972-937-9940.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1451