Efforts are under way at the Waxahachie Police Department to raise support for its crime prevention efforts in the city, culminating with the National Night Out celebration, which is held each year on the first Tuesday of August.

“Our crime prevention efforts at the Waxahachie Police Department are designed to get the word out about how the community can help fight crime,” community services officer Wess Winn said. “Some of the ways we do this is through our Citizens on Patrol, Neighborhood Watch, Explorers, McGruff, Citizens Police Academy and many others.

“We encourage these programs throughout the year, and in August every year we come together and celebrate our accomplishments at National Night Out,” he said, noting National Night Out will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Local, state and federal agencies will be present at the Waxahachie event, and the Waxahachie Police Department is inviting local businesses geared toward crime prevention to participate during the event and set up booths.

Examples of eligible businesses would include alarm companies, dog protection training, military recruiting, crime victims’ assistance and others.

“If you are not sure if your business fits in this category please contact me,” Winn said. “Nothing is sold at this event; it is only a place to get information out about your business.”

The department also welcomes children-oriented businesses.

“Many children participate in National Night Out, so anyone who has a business relating to children we would invite to join us,” Winn said, noting all children’s activities at National Night Out are free.

The department is seeking sponsors and donations to cover event-related costs and children’s activities, such as clowns, bounce houses, face painting, day care facilities and others.

Food and drinks will be provided throughout the evening by local food establishments and are paid for by money raised through the Crime Prevention/National Night Out solicitation effort and by donated or discounted food from participating local food establishments.

“Please contact me with questions relating to providing food or drinks,” Winn said. “We will also give away simple door prizes donated from local businesses.”

Everyone who supports crime prevention and National Night Out will receive recognition during this event and others the department’s crime prevention unit participates in.

“To help offset the cost of the evening, we would appreciate monetary donations,” Winn said. “In-kind donations will be on the same levels as monetary donations.”

Donor levels include:

$1000 or more - Recognition on the donor wall, one National Night Out T-shirt with business advertisement on back, one National Night Out golf shirt and advertisement spot on the WPD Crime Prevention Unit Go-Kart.

$500 - Recognition on the donor wall, one National Night Out T-shirt with business advertisement on back and one National Night Out golf shirt.

$250 - Recognition on the donor wall and one National Night Out T-shirt with business advertisement on back.

$100 - Recognition on the donor wall plus one National Night Out T-Shirt.

$50 - Recognition on the donor wall.

“This is a great way to support the Crime Prevention unit in Waxahachie and get your name out to the community,” Winn said. “Our goal is to help the citizens of Waxahachie understand how they can play a part in Crime Prevention and with your help we can really get the word out.

“Please join us on Aug. 7 for National Night Out,” he said.

For more information or to make a donation toward National Night Out, contact Winn at (972) 937-9940, ext. 216, or e-mail wwinn@waxahachiepd.org.