On October 2ndcitizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses, youth organizations and local, state and federal officials from our surrounding communities joined forces to celebrate the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office14th Annual National Night Out Event (NNO) – a community crime and safety event. The event was hosted at La Joya ISD JD Salinas Middle School grounds.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

“Preventing and solving crime is a community effort. National Night Out is an excellent program that helps the department build relationships with neighbors and creates safer neighborhoods. This is one of the events we look forward to each year. said Chief Raul Gonzalez, LJISD Police Chief. “On NNO, neighbors and local law enforcement meet, great, eat and solidify their partnerships.”

This is the fourteenth year that Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has participated in National Night Out. “For law enforcement to be effective, it must have the support of the people it serves,” added Gonzalez, “National Night Out cements the importance of the partnership that is key to successful policing. This is a night to celebrate that.”

National Night Out is a yearly event that is part of our LJISD community-policing model. It brings citizens and law enforcement together so that we can build trust and relationships that help us keep our community safe. The various activities, information, presentations and demonstrations offered during NNO help show how well we can all work together for a safer community.