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National Night Out set for Oct. 3

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

The City of Deer Park’s National Night Out event will be Oct. 3, and the Deer Park Police Department and city officials are encouraging neighborhoods, families and community organizations to participate. Neighborhoods can register their party with DPPD.

On Oct. 3 neighborhoods throughout Deer Park are invited to join with thousands of communities statewide for Annual National Night Out.

Community Liaison Sheila Plovanich of the Deer Park Police Department said citizens should take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen neighborhoods and relations with city officials and emergency responders, as police officers, firefighters, members of city council and other city administrators will make their way around the community visiting participating neighborhoods. Most neighborhoods host block parties, she said, which are designed to get the neighbors out of the house, meet each other and strike up conversations.

"It's a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors, your sector police officers and be together with them in once place," said Plovanich. "National Night Out parties bring neighbors together and get to know them better or even meet them for the first time."

Residents are asked to lock their doors, switch on the outside lights, and spend the evening visiting with neighbors and police.

Plovanich said parties don't have to be extravagant, all though some neighborhoods go "all out."

"The main thing is getting everyone out and meeting each other. Every neighborhood is different," she said.

The first National Night Out took place on Aug. 7, 1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states. National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. With the oppressive August heat and humidity, Texans host their National Night Out parties on the first Tuesday of October.

Between the two dates, more than 37 million people are expected to participate in America's night out against crime. This year’s event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, ADT, Associa, Dietz & Watson, King’s Hawaiian and Ring; and, locally by the Deer Park Police Department.

As more residents are aware of their own neighbors and neighborhood, the bonds between neighborhoods and police become stronger.

"It's a huge crime prevention effort; the police can't be everywhere all the time. So we rely heavily on our citizens to look after each other, look after each other's kids, family, property. It's just an important crime prevention event and really reinforces the bonds and strengths between the police and our community and that partnership," said Plovanich.

For more information or help organizing or finding a party, contact Plovanich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 281-930-2118.