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Porch lights across town show support for law enforcement
Billed as an event that enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, National Night Out will be hosted in local communities Tuesday evening, October 5.
In Pearsall and Dilley, activities will include entertainment, meet-and-greet with police and emergency responders, refreshments and games.
As a way to show support for community policing and neighborliness, local residents will light the night from their porches, also signaling a safe environment for families walking or enjoying cooler temperatures outdoors at the beginning of the fall season.
Although primarily organized as a means by which law enforcement officers and local residents can become better acquainted, and police can promote safety campaigns and crime awareness programs, National Night Out has been geared toward bringing families together and offering activities for children.
In the tradition of a street block party, the event is held largely outdoors in Pearsall and Dilley, with firefighters and law enforcement demonstrating their emergency response vehicles, children climbing into fire trucks, and a family-friendly atmosphere in which officers and residents are at ease communicating with each other.
In many cases, local law enforcement personnel new to the job have a first-time opportunity to meet the residents of the streets they patrol.
Police in Pearsall have indicated they believe a strong relationship with the community is one of the principal means by which law enforcement agencies can help prevent crime.
This year, the Pearsall Volunteer Fire Department will collaborate with the Pearsall Police Department in hosting the celebration at Fireman’s Park behind the Frio County Courthouse in downtown Pearsall from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event will feature entertainment by DJ Motormouth, door prizes, and jumping castles for children. Visitors will also be able to examine emergency response vehicles at close hand and ask questions about the officers’ and firefighters’ jobs.
The city of Dilley will host its event at the municipal events center on Miller Street downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. Organizers have planned music, food, drinks, a raffle and activities for the children. Koehler Lane will provide live entertainment as the band opens for Grupo Vida.
Among the other traditions of National Night Out in South Texas is a display of blue lights or flags as residents show support for their law enforcement officers.
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office reported last week that it has had to cancel its National Night Out event this year. Similarly, the city of Encinal has canceled its activities for the night, citing health and safety concerns.