Community takes a day to meet and greet for safety

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Ashton Schroeder came to Southlake’s Night Out all decked out in his police uniform.

Wearing a powder blue shirt, dark navy slacks and matching officer’s hat, the 5-year-old was eager to meet law enforcement officers in Town Square, said Amy Schroeder, his mom.

Northeast Tarrant cities celebrated National Night Out on Oct. 1 to introduce the community to its public safety departments and build a greater sense of community.

Ashton Schroeder got to wear official law enforcement body armor and turn on a police motorcycle’s sirens while his parents talked to law enforcement officers and fire fighters.

“He loves it,” Amy Schroeder said of her future police officer.

National Night Out is a nation-wide initiative that encourages communities to learn and engage in crime prevention practices and build relationships with local public safety departments.

“We know that if we partner together we can prevent crime in our city, strengthen community spirit and send a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and diligent in providing a safe and secure environment,” said Mike Holder, Colleyville Police Chief.

Colleyville invited the community to City Park for food, safety information, a silent auction and a softball game.

The city’s Police Department played ball against the Fire Department in the fifth annual Finest versus Bravest game. (The police went on to edge out the fire department for the win.)

Money raised was split between the Colleyville Police and Fire Citizens Academy Alumni associations.

David Kelly, mayor and president of the Colleyville Fire Citizens Academy Alumni Association, said the organization uses funds to aid the fire department and help purchase equipment.

Robert Eberling, Grapevine Police sergeant, said Grapevine police were at neighborhood gatherings in honor of the day.

“Neighbors knowing each other is crucial when it comes to spotting criminal behavior,” Eberling said in an email. “For example, If a citizen sees an unfamiliar car driving down their street or parked in their neighbor’s driveway and they notify the police, they may help us catch a home burglar. It’s calls like that from a watchful neighborhood that really makes an impact on how safe their neighborhood can be.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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