Submitted by Anna Clark, City of McKinney
National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and the McKinney Police and Fire Departments will again partner with neighborhoods across the city to affirm a community commitment against crime.
The annual event serves to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
“National Night out is a way to promote community policing and a connected neighborhood, which helps prevent crime,” said Chief Joe Williams. “We encourage residents to have cookouts or block parties to take ownership of doing their part to maintain a safe neighborhood.”
Neighborhoods are encouraged to participate and register their block parties by contacting the McKinney Police Department at 972-547-2795 or visiting www.mckinneytexas.org/nno. Registration is required for neighborhood events to receive support and materials from the MPD.
This year as part of National Night Out, the neighborhood groups in P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Resident Involvement, Development and Enthusiasm), including Lewisville, La Loma, Mouzon, Rockwall and Wilcox, will gather at Wattley Park at 6:30 p.m. The P.R.I.D.E. Program is designed to help maintain and increase sustainability in neighborhoods that do not have a homeowner association. The annual P.R.I.D.E. National Night Out event includes live music, activities and a live remote broadcast from KLAK-FM. For more information about this event, please contact the Housing and Community Development Department at 972-547-7572.