There are only a few weeks left before it’s time to turn on the porch light and step outside for National Night Out, which falls on October 4 this year. Several communities in the Southeast Houston area have their own take on this annual event that brings together law enforcement and emergency personnel in their communities.

National Night Out is a chance for law enforcement and emergency responders to engage with the public in a relaxed, family atmosphere. Whether it’s a block party or a community event, the goal is to engage residents in crime prevention efforts on their own turf while bonding with neighbours, police and emergency personnel.

“I think that’s a good thing – everyone should take the time to get to know their neighbors and get to know the people who work for you,” said Dickinson Police Department officer Tony Valdez, who has been hosting his city’s Night Out events for over 20 years. .

While some entities opt for a more community-style event at a designated location, most follow the tradition of encouraging residents to take it to the streets in their neighborhoods. Harris County County Constable 8’s office in Clear Lake views National Night Out as an opportunity to introduce its services to residents who may not be aware that they can call the office for assistance.
“National Night Out is the perfect opportunity to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community,” said Harris County County 8 Deputy Claudia Lopez.

When

October 4. National Night Out is held in most states on the first Tuesday in August, but in Texas the event was moved to October to beat the summer heat.

Places to visit

Here’s a list of what police departments, municipalities and civic groups from Pasadena to Nassau Bay are planning for this year’s National Night.

Pasadena

Pasadena police and emergency responders will be out in force visiting registered areas from 6-9 p.m. To register a neighborhood, contact Agent L. Robles at 713-475-7025.

A National Night Out event will be held at National Night out/Noche Nacional from 5-8 p.m. at BakerRipley Pasadena Campus, 720 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena. For more information on this event, call 713-944-9186.

League City

League City Police Department officers and EMS personnel will stop by 6-9 p.m. in registered neighborhoods to attend events hosted by homeowner associations or neighborhood watch groups. In previous years, some neighborhoods have hosted barbecues and hosted petting zoos. About 20 neighborhoods have already signed up, according to League City officer Trevor Montero.
“There has always been a good turnout at League City,” he said. “It’s almost a hand on deck in terms of volunteers and officers to make sure we cover all areas.”

For more information, contact Montero at 281-554-1889.

League City Historical Society is hosting a Night Out event primarily for League City Historic District residents and businesses to be held from 6-8 p.m. at the One Room Schoolhouse Museum, 210 North Kansas. For more information, call 281-554-2994.

Nassau Bay

The Nassau Bay Police Department is asking groups to sign up to hold block parties in their subdivisions. Officers, city staff and emergency personnel plan to visit registered subdivisions. Block party captains who register online with the police department by September 28 will be highlighted on a department’s map. The map is updated as registrations are received.

Dickinson

The Dickinson Police Department and EMS services along with city officials will be touring the city visiting neighborhood events scheduled throughout the evening. Officers plan to visit between 10 and 12 subdivisions. For more information, contact Teri Rogers at 281-337-4700, ext. 315, or [email protected] or agent Tony Valdez at 281-337-6370 or [email protected]

Harris County Constable Precinct 8

Harris County Constable Precinct 8 deputies will tour registered neighborhoods in southeastern Harris County throughout the evening. The office answers calls from 11 area communities, including Clear Lake City, Shoreacres, La Porte, Nassau Bay, Deer Park and Pasadena. National Night Out is a way for Harris County Precinct 8 to remind residents in its area that it is another law enforcement resource.
“We like to come out to NNO parties to introduce ourselves and let them know that we’re patrolling their neighborhoods as well,” said Claudia Lopez, County 8 Deputy for Harris County.
Neighborhoods planning NNO events who would like a Precinct 8 Deputy to stop can submit a request here