By CRISTIN REECE
The Palestine Police Department is putting out an APB for vendors and other community members interested in participating in the city’s annual National Night Out event in October.
PPD Lt. Patsy Smith said last year’s Night Out was a roaring success.
“We had a great time,” she said. “And we want to keep that momentum going again this year.”
Vendors, businesses, civic organizations and other community members who would like to participate in the event can call Smith at 903-729-2254, or visit www.cityofpalestinetx.com and download a vendor application.
The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.
“We’re also encouraging our neighborhoods who’d like to host their own block parties to do so,” Smith said. “If they’d let us know in advance, we can arrange to have officers visit their events for a meet-and-greet.”
The 2013 National Night Out community event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Reagan Park in Palestine.
The event is celebrating 30 years this year, according to the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit organization “dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities,” according to the organization’s website, www.natw.org.
It organized the first National Night Out event in 1984, in which 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities across the country took part.
The website reports National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie,” NATW Executive Director Matt Peskin stated on the organization’s website. “While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.
“The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”