By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald

National Night Out is a month away, and Killeen police are asking residents wishing to throw a block party for the event to register with the Killeen Police Department.

KPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Tammy Moseley already has registered 17 block parties officers will visit during the Oct. 4 event designed to engender cohesiveness between police and the people they serve.

During the three-hour event, KPD and the Killeen Fire Department will only be able to visit 40 block parties. The first 40 parties registered will be guaranteed a visit, Moseley said.

“Everyone from the chief on down will be out visiting parties,” Moseley said.

The mayor and other elected officials also will make the rounds, Moseley said.

This is the 28th year law enforcement agencies have celebrated National Night Out with residents. Police and fire departments in Harker Heights, Belton and Copperas Cove will participate as well.

“It is an excellent time for law enforcement and citizens to get together,” Moseley said.

Residents are encouraged to organize block parties. In past events, celebrations have ranged from small parties with neighbors barbecuing to large celebrations with live music and marching bands. Moseley said it is up to residents how they wish to celebrate the event.

The goal of National Night Out is to increase communications not only between residents and police, but among neighbors as well. Residents are the eyes and ears of police departments and know when a suspicious person or vehicle is on their street better than a police officer, Moseley said.

“We want to send a message to criminals to let them know your neighbors are organized and fighting back,” she said.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

National Night Out

The event lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4. To register a party in Killeen, call Tammy Moseley at (254) 501-8805.