COPPERAS COVE — At least three neighborhood block parties will join police for National Night Out tonight, but the Copperas Cove Police Department wants more parties.

“I would like to see the number be more than three,” said Cove PD’s Cpl. Dominique Moore, who is organizing the department’s participation in the neighborhood gatherings. “We are happy to have people participating ... but we would definitely like to spread more events throughout the city.”

Despite registration ending Friday, Moore will continue to accept applications through today to encourage more people to join their neighbors in fighting crime, he said.

“This whole event is about just getting out and getting to know each other and being familiar with each other — being bound together,” Moore said. “So often, (police officers) go to calls and ask people if they know anything about their neighbors ... and half the people don’t even know their neighbors’ names. That is why we want people involved.”

National Night Out was created to help heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send messages to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, according to a Cove PD news release.

Police officers, McGruff and Copperas Cove Police Explore Cadets will attend the block parties that are registered with the department tonight.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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