Help fight crime by getting to know your neighbors and police officers during National Night Out.
On Oct. 6, neighborhood associations and other organizations in Hurst, Euless and Bedford are holding gatherings to celebrate National Night Out, which began over 30 years ago as an annual event to help communities fight crime.
Head to the Hurst Community Park, 601 Precinct Line Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to meet police officers and firefighters. Enjoy plenty of hot dogs and cookies.
There is entertainment for children and adults.
In Bedford, Police Chief Jeff Gibson said the community has always been supportive of the police, and many homeowners associations and neighborhoods are planning National Night Out activities. There is also an event from 6 to 8 p.m. at Meadow Creek Elementary School, 3001 Harwood Road.
Police Chief Mike Brown said officers always go out in to the neighborhoods during National Night Out. There are at least 15 neighborhoods participating this year, he said.
“National Night Out is a great opportunity for neighbors to get to know their neighbors and make a public commitment to work together to make their community a safer place to live, work and play,” Brown said.
When the National Night Out event began in 1984, 2.5 million neighbors from 23 states participated, according to the National Association Town Watch, a nonprofit organization devoted to fighting and preventing crime.
Now, 38.1 million people participate throughout the United States and Canada, along with military bases and U.S. territories.