Join your neighbors and learn how to prevent crime directly from your dedicated Lakeway Police Officers at the annual National Night Out on Oct. 1.
From 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., residents in neighborhoods throughout Lakeway are asked to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening outdoors with their fellow neighbors and police. The national event is in August, but Texas observes National Night Out in October.
“We encourage everyone to attend a local block party so they can not only get to know their neighbors better, but also learn directly from our officers how to identify crime-related issues in their community,” said Todd Radford, Chief of Police for Lakeway. “We appreciate the turnout we get every year and expect this year to be even better.”
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation with local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized against crime. Neighbors participate in National Night Out events across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
“Our officers look forward to this evening, and you can tell that area residents enjoy engaging directly with them as well,” Chief Radford said.
Lakeway residents who register their neighborhood events with the department will be able to work with event coordinator Mike Conley, Lakeway Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Director, to schedule visits from Lakeway police officers from 4 - 7:30 p.m. that evening.
Officers and Lakeway Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association members will visit registered block parties and cookouts to provide informational handouts, giveaways and localized tips for preventing crime. This is a family-friendly event and participation by all ages is encouraged.
Registration is first come first served, and are scheduled in 30-minute increments starting at 4 p.m. that evening, with the last registration time at 7:30 p.m. Anyone requesting officer visits at other times that evening will be added to a waiting list. “We are looking for neighborhood events across the city with at least 25 to 30 people expecting to attend,” Conley said.
If you’re interested in registering a block party for a visit, there are some limited spaces available. Please contact Mike Conley by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at email@example.com with an estimated headcount of adults and children and what time you would like to schedule an officer visit. Those who are interested in registering a block party are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.