Local residents will be spending one evening out next week, having fun while learning how to fight crime in their community, during the National Night Out 2019.
The Royse City Police Department, Fire Department and Rockwall County EMS are participating in the event.
With the theme of “A Night To Unite, Get To Know Your Community,” the National Night Out is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Royse City High School, 700 FM 2642.
The goals for National Night Out are to heighten crime prevention awareness,; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The National Night Out is sponsored each year by the National Association of Town Watch to encourage people in neighborhoods across the country to come together and get to know each other, while meeting with law enforcement authorities and learning ways how to prevent crime, drug abuse and violence in their communities.
Traditionally, the National Night Out is conducted on the first Tuesday night in August, although the national organization has allowed Texas to conduct activities on an officially recognized alternative date on the first Tuesday in October.