The cities of Harker Heights and Nolanville plan to participate in the 32nd National Night Out on Oct 5.

The aim of these cities in joining 38.1 million of their neighbors in 16, 500 communities throughout the nation by sponsoring the National Night Out is a cohesive effort to promote community involvement in crime prevention activities.

This is a collaborative effort between police and community residents to form a team to send a message to criminals that community neighborhoods are organized and engaged in the fight to prevent or reduce crime. NNO enhances the relationship between neighbors and police under positive circumstances while instilling a true sense of community.

More than that, the National Night Out provides an opportunity for residents to meet and greet one another. By doing so, residents not only foster new friendships, but collaborate in official and unofficial neighborhood watch programs.

Once neighbors know one another and know who and what belongs in a particular neighborhood, they are better equipped to watch out for one another’s safety and the protection of one another’s property.

In Nolanville, the National Night Out theme is “giving crime a going away party.” Nolanville’s festivities include multiple food vendors and a live band. The location of the NNO is the city campground, 1100 Old Nolanville Road. The festivities commence at 9 p.m.

In an additional effort to bring citizens and government entities closer together, the city will sponsor a first responders vs. residents softball game on Oct. 3, at city park.

On Oct. 6, the city of Nolanville will sponsor a block party as an add-on to the NNO. Residents may register individual neighborhoods by contacting the police department at non-emergency number (254) 698-6334. The neighborhood block party shares the goal of the National Night Out but in a neighborhood-specific theme.

Last year, during the NNO, Harker Heights first responders, including police, fire fighters and medical responders visited nine block parties to promote safety and crime prevention awareness. This will mark the 19th year of Harker Heights community involvement.

Additional information regarding The National Night Out in Harker Heights may be obtained by contacting Community Services Officer Dave Haley at (254) 953-5400.

John Vander WERFF is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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