This is the 30th NNO event for the NATW and the second for the community of Breckenridge.
National Night Out is a unique crime prevention/drug prevention event that is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
The rest of the United States celebrates National Night Out in August, but Texas celebrates in October, due to the high temperatures in Texas during August.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen community spirit, strengthen partnerships between the community and local law enforcement, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and also to send a message to the criminals that neighborhoods are organizing and fighting back.
National Night Out is typically celebrated with cookouts, block parties, exhibits or displays, youth programs, contests, flashlight walks, and visits from local law enforcement.
Residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights as a symbolic gesture of the event and visit with their neighbors.
The emphasis is on being informed and united against crime and on sending that message to those who live outside the law.
The Breckenridge Police Department and local law enforcement and emergency services partners are inviting the community to our NNO-Open House at the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center.
The Breckenridge Police Department, the Stephens County Sheriff's Office and the Game Warden share the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center.
The open house, meet-and-greet block party is for all ages and includes hot dogs and soft drinks, information regarding safety and careers in law enforcement, communications and emergency services, as well as fun items for kids.
Agencies expected at the National Night Out-Open House are: Breckenridge Police Department, Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Breckenridge Fire Department, Stephens County Emergency Medical Service, Air Evac, Stephens County Animal Shelter, Breckenridge Kiwanis Club, B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge, Breckenridge Lions Club, Breckenridge Rotary Club, TSTC-West Texas Breckenridge Chemical Dependency Counseling, Child Protective Services, Betty Hardwick Center/MHMR, and the West Central Texas Council of Governments.
Lock your doors, turn on your porch lights for a few hours, and visit with your neighbors and local First Responders about fighting crime and being safe.
For more information on the NNO, go to www.natw.org or contact BPD Captain Jay Walker at 254-559-2211.