Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

SAN ANGELO–National Night Out 2016 is a great opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie, will be celebrated on October 4 in many Texas cities. While one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.  NNO is about networking and connecting with like-minded people who all want the same thing, to ensure his or her community is a safe place to live and play.  

Sir Robert Peel, considered to be the father of modern policing once said, “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”  

In other words, Peel was saying we are all responsible for the policing of our community.  So how can you become a police-community partner?  One way is by getting to know your neighbors and watching over their property.   By them doing the same for you, and in keeping your possessions locked up, you are doing a form of police work that contributes to keeping our neighborhoods being crime free.

The San Angelo Police Department invites you to attend the eight events scheduled throughout the city.  Turn on your porch lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside interacting with friends, neighbors and first responders.  Join us and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  

This year, Singer-Songwriter, Jay Dirks, will be performing “Our Hearts Bleed Blue” at two events; Wall Brethren Church at 5:15 p.m., and the Angelo Skate & Fun Center at 6:45 p.m. 100 percent of the digital sales from the song will be donated to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation which can be purchased at on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.   https://youtu.be/rjkQ-FAGNH8

Here is the itinerary for the eight scheduled events.

Vistas at Red Creek Apartments - 5751 Green Hill Rd. - 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wall Brethren Church - 7921 Loop 570, Wall, TX - 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Angelo Skate & Fun Center - 34 Buick St. - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Northside Boys & Girls Club - 1802 N. Lillie - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Wesley Trinity United Methodist Church - 18th/MLK - 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Solid Rock Church - 1305 Koberlin St. - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bent Tree Apartments - 1625 Sunset Dr. - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Brixton Apartments - 555 Smith Blvd. - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For more information contact: Sgt. Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709