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Breckenridge Police Department, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office to host National Night Out Block Party on Oct. 5

Breckenridge Police Department, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office to host National Night Out Block Party on Oct. 5
September 18
17:41 2021

The Breckenridge Police Department and Stephens County Sheriff’s Office will host a local National Night Out Block Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Stephens County Law Enforcement Center, 210 E. Dyer St.

National Night Out is an annual, national event that focuses on growing the partnership between law enforcement and the community in the fight against crime. The local block party is designed to strengthen community spirit, give citizens an opportunity to interact with law enforcement and first responders, generate support for community organizations and programs, raise crime prevention awareness, and send a strong message that everyone in the community is working together to fight back against crime.

Admission to the event is free. The BPD, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Breckenridge Fire Department and others will provide free food, drinks, activities, games, prizes and more, including a child ID/fingerprinting booth. Music will be provided on site by KLXK (K-Lakes FM)/KROO AM, and the Air Evac helicopter is expected to land around 7 p.m.

Some of the groups expected to participate this year include the Breckenridge Police Department/9-1-1 Call Center/Animal Center, Breckenridge Fire Department and Code Enforcement, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, AIR EVAC Lifeteam, Stephens Memorial Hospital District, American Medical Response EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Dr. Goodall’s House–CAC/CASA, Betty Hardwick Center, Stephens County Adult and Juvenile Probation office, city/county/district court officers, Central West Texas Council of Governments, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, local civic and business organizations, Texas State Technical College, and more.

“Texas celebrates NNO in October instead of August because of the heat (and because Texas is special),” Capt. Jay Walker, an investigator with the Breckenridge Police Department, said in a news release.  “The NNO Block Party has free food and music, so be prepared to relax and have fun. Please bring family and friends and use this event to help our community. Show the bad guys that the good guys are fighting back!”

Participating organizations are asked to set up their displays at the LEC around 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5 since people often arrive early. The 200 block of East Dyer Street and the front parking lot of the LEC will be blocked off to provide space to set up displays. The BPD will provide the space, however the tables, chairs, tents, anchors, supplies, etc. for the displays are the responsibility of each organization. To be courteous to other participants, organizations are asked to keep the size of the display area in mind; one or two tables/booths/tents is normal.

The event attracts a large public attendance, so participating groups are asked to keep all non-service animals at home or secured on a leash.

Organizations are encouraged to bring any uniforms, specialty clothing, marked vehicles or specialty equipment, as well as historical items and tools of the trade that are safe and interesting to see and touch, since attendees, especially kids, enjoy those types of booths. Additionally, participants may bring membership and career information, as well as child-friendly items to give to attendees.


Cutline, top photo: Attendees at the 2019 National Night Out event get a close-up look at an Air Evac helicopter. This year’s block party is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5, and the helicopter is expected to arrive at about 7 p.m. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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