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

Moose Ridge

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

2708 Ancestor

3405 Toledo Drive

6007 Marlboro Falls

890 Llewellyn Lane

Harker Heights

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.)

Fuller Lane

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

Copperas Cove

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.)


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