OVILLA – National Night Out, now in its 28th year, is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. This year, the city of Ovilla, among other cities in the area, will again take part in the event.

“Ovilla Night Out will be a combined effort between the Ovilla police and fire departments in order to get citizens together to show solidarity against crime and criminals,” Police Chief Mike Moon said.

To be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, the community-wide event will begin at 7 p.m. at the baseball field behind Ovilla City Hall. There will be food, drinks, free fingerprinting for children and door prizes.

While the city has participated in National Night Out in the past, Ovilla did not take part last year due to budget restraints. Prior to that, many residents in the area did not take part because of the heat when the event was originally held in August.

“National Night Out is celebrated nationwide on the first Tuesday in August usually,” Moon said. “Due to the extremely hot weather, Texas has allowed police departments to have National Night Out on the first Tuesday in October. The night is specifically designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

Last year, the National Night Out campaign nationwide involved residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, more than 36 million people have participated in National Night Outs in previous years.

“We are not sure how many people will be attending in Ovilla,” Moon said, “but we are extending an invitation to all citizens to come out. We at the Ovilla Police Department would like for citizens to come and meet your police department and fire department, your neighbors and join the celebration against crime.” 

National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” was introduced in 1984 in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts.

The first National Night Out was in early in 1984 with the event originally culminating the first Tuesday in August.