The West University Place Police Department is organizing its annual National Night Out for 5-8 p.m. Oct. 1 and is looking for residents willing to host events.
These can range from informal gatherings to more elaborate block parties, barbecues and swim parties. By registering an event by Sept. 20, the organizers will be able to include a visit from West U first responders to discuss crime and fire prevention and other emergency services. The city’s new “electronic gate” of surveillance and license plate-reading cameras is sure to be a topic of interest.
Most parts of the U.S. celebrate National Night Out during the first Tuesday of August, but because of extreme summer conditions in Texas, NNO was moved to October here.
The 35-year-old event was created to strengthen police ties with their communities by tapping into and helping to develop cohesive neighborhoods where residents look out for each other and know how to spot suspicious situations and report them.
At its most basic, West U residents are being asked on Oct. 1 to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights, and venture out to greet their neighbors.
Residents interested in hosting an event can register here or can contact Officer K. Wilson at the West University Place Police Department, 713-668-0330 or by email at Kwilson@westutx.gov.