Copperas Cove’s National Night Out Kick Off Party this weekend paves the way for block parties on Tuesday.
The 15th annual party, hosted by the Copperas Cove Police Department, is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the downtown area, Avenue E and South Main Street.
The department wants to encourage more people to participate in Tuesday’s National Night Out block parties, said Sgt. Kevin Keller, police department spokesperson.
“This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the awesome weather,” said Keller about the neighborhood events. “Take this opportunity to meet new neighbors, talk with old friends, and make memories with the family.”
The 29th annual National Night Out is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, stated a news release from the department. It is a program designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen the police-community partnership and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“I currently have only three block parties lined up, half of what I had last year,” said Keller, who encouraged residents to sign up for block parties as late as 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The department suggested that residents could participate in National Night Out by hosting block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities, and anti-crime and anti-drug rallies.
During the kick-off event, officers, community groups and businesses will serve up free hot dogs, chips, cookies, popcorn, soft drinks and snow cones.
There will be activities for children and adults, and door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Some of the activities will cost 25 cents.
McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog, Recycle Michael and H-E-B Buddy will show up for the third annual Dance Off.
The YMCA is providing musical entertainment.
“National Night Out sends a message to criminals that we will stand up and fight back against crime,” said Keller. “It shows a sense of unity within a neighborhood, and bonding means power.”