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Fighting crime during ‘National Night Out’

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

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Deputies with the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Bandera Marshals Office have teamed up to present the 2016 National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The fun starts at 5:30 pm in Bandera City Park. Across Bandera County, local law enforcement officers will join forces with EMS and volunteer firefighters for fun – and education.
“This will be a great time for citizens of all ages to meet their first responders and neighbors,” said Cpl. Luis Moreno, BSCSO event coordinator. His counterpart in the city is Deputy Marshal Willie Smith.
National Night Out festivities will include free hotdogs and hamburgers, door prizes and other freebies from local vendors. In addition, there will be “jumpies” for the kids as well as visits from first responder helicopters.
“We plan to expand on the success of last year’s event,” said Smith.
Introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, this annual fun event serves to strengthen ties between law enforcement agencies and other first responders with their communities. National Night Out is designed to
• heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• generate support for – and participation in – local anti-crime efforts
• strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
• send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
• put criminals on notice that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Since its inception, NNO has become an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in the fight for a safer nation.
During its first year, 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out across the United States. Currently, more than 37 million people in 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, cities in Canada and military bases worldwide.
Other sponsors of National Night Out include Bandera County EMS and the countywide volunteer fire departments.
“Everyone is urged to report to Bandera City Park for free food, fun and a chance to meet your local first responders,” Moreno said.