By Sarah Rafique
Fort Hood Herald
Residents searching to build police-community partnerships are invited to attend the upcoming 29th annual National Night Out events.
The nationwide community building campaign is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and generate participation in local anticrime programs.
Nieomi King, Fort Hood Family Housing community service manager, said the event's main focus is to bring awareness to crime prevention and engage the community in building camaraderie with local police instead of being afraid of them.
"That's the whole purpose of the event," King said. "To connect families with the police department."
This year, the event will include a three-part safety series, sponsored by Fort Hood Family Housing, leading up to the state's National Night Out block parties in October.
The first part in the series is a Neighborhood Watch and Bike Rodeo from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, where kids are encouraged to bring their bikes, learn how to ride safely with a helmet and register their bike with the police department.
The second part, in September, encourages neighbors to mingle while enjoying free food and participating in activities.
For the past two years, Fort Hood received the National Night Out Award from the National Association of Town Watch in the military category, recognizing the post for its crime prevention efforts throughout the year.
"(National Night Out) is one of the key things that contributes greatly to the low crime rate we have on the installation," King said.
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National Night Out events
The Fort Hood National Night Out campaign is hosting a three-part safety series.
Neighborhood Watch and Bike Rodeo: Residents will meet their neighbors and learn how to prevent crime in their neighborhood. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes and learn safe-riding tips, get through challenges, wear their helmet and register their bikes.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday for Kouma and Montague communities at Kouma Community Center, 48810 Washington St.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 for Patton, Wainwright, Walker, Chaffee and McNair communities at Bronco Youth Center, 6602 Tank Destroyer Blvd.
From 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 for Comanche I, II and III communities at Smith Middle School, 51000 Tank Destroyer Blvd.
National Night Out Kick-off Party: Residents will meet their neighbors and celebrate the year's largest stand against crime. There will be food, McGruff, the National Knight, cop and kids activities, safety displays and K-9 demonstrations
From 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 for Comanche I, II, III, Kouma and Montague communities at Smith Middle School, 51000 Tank Destroyer Blvd.
From 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 for Patton, Wainwright, Walker, Chaffee, McNair, Pershing and Venable communities at Bronco Youth Center, 6602 Tank Destroyer Blvd.
National Night out block parties: Oct. 2 at residences. Host a block party for the chance to win the new Fort Hood Family Housing National Night Out competition.
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