Area police and fire departments will tour scores of block parties this evening for the 29th annual National Night Out celebration.
From 6 to 9 p.m., officers and firefighters will visit with the residents across the Killeen area to spur communication between residents and law enforcement.
In total, 49 parties have been registered in Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove, with 34 in Killeen alone.
“National Night Out sends a message to criminals that we will stand up and fight back against crime,” said Sgt. Kevin Keller, a spokesperson for the Copperas Cove Police Department. “It shows a sense of unity within a neighborhood and bonding means power.”
Officers will escort McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog and Sparky from party to party. The sheer number of parties led to Killeen’s officers to divide up into three groups in order to make it to every party. Each group will have a volunteer dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog, Killeen police Crime Prevention Coordinator Tammy Moseley said.
Keller said the Copperas Cove police department would continue to register parties until this afternoon.
“This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the awesome weather,” he said. “Take this opportunity to meet new neighbors, talk with old friends, and make memories with the family.”
The following is a list of all National Night Out block parties being held in the area; all parties are from 6 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
1000 Florence Road (St. Andrews Church)
2908 Phoenix Drive
3302 Bull Run Drive
Lakeview Loop (6 to 8 p.m.)
6009 Stillwood Circle
1810 N. Eighth St.
803 Draco St.
4307 Menard Drive
2900 Illinois Ave. (Village of Foxcreek)
418 Cardinal Ave.
307 N. 14th St.
110 S. 38th St. (Lakewood MHP)
209 Prather Drive
1203 Illinois Ave.
1603 Illinois Ave.
906 Illinois Ave.
5804 Tropicana Court
3307 John Porter Drive
Trimmier Elementary (5 to 7 p.m.)
1700 Bacon Ranch Road (Tremount)
1101 N. Twin Creek Drive (Veranda)
4401 E. Rancier Ave. (Stone Ranch)
1900 Bacon Ranch Road (Ridgepoint)
1103 E. Avenue E
731 Wolf St.
2907 Cypress Drive
9103 Bellgrove Court
513 N. 53rd St.
Community Park on Osbaldo Drive
3405 Toledo Drive
6007 Marlboro Falls
890 Llewellyn Lane
521 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.
1701-1801 Iron Jacket Trail (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
1500 Port Drive (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
1110 Indian Trail (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
3942 Bella Vista Loop (7 to 9 p.m.)
603 Totem Trail
317 Canoe Drive
107 Mission Drive (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
402 Bonnie Drive
1300 block Bluebird Trail
400 block Windmill Drive
700 block Jase Drive
3000 block White Mesa Circle
Central Texas College
Morton Hall dormitory outdoor recreation center (6 to 8 p.m.)