Cedar Park National Night Out wins big!
Ranked first in Texas, sixth in nation
The National Association of Town Watch has ranked the Cedar Park Police Department’s National Night Out (NNO) participation Number One in the State of Texas for cities of its size (Category 3: Population 50,000 to 99,999) and Sixth in the country in the same population bracket. NNO consists of events across the country, in which neighbors come together in their own neighborhoods and get to know one another. This is the second consecutive year that the Cedar Park Police Department has garnered national recognition for its NNO efforts.
Police Chief Sean Mannix believes NNO is a shining example of Cedar Park’s partnership between Police and the community.
“While largely viewed as a police event, National Night Out is a community event,” Chief Mannix says. “These rankings are the direct result of unity of our entire City family, which includes staff, elected officials, and all City departments partnering and celebrating with the community we serve on National Night Out and its associated events.”
The event is organized each year by the Cedar Park Police Department’s Community Services Division. This year, more than 155 neighborhood blocks and four apartment complexes totaling an estimated 1,700 citizens participated in Cedar Park’s National Night Out.
“Sergeant Hazen Lango and his team did an outstanding job of coordinating our efforts and deserve congratulations.”
In addition to these recent NNO rankings, Cedar Park was named this year one of the top Safest Cities in Texas, according to security company SafeWise, and consistently enjoys one of the lowest crime rates for cities of its size in Texas according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual Crime in Texas Report.
About National Night Out
National Night Out brings together citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials from more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and Canadian cities worldwide. More than 37 million people participate each year. The purpose of NNO is to heighten crime and drug abuse prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive, and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus the benefits communities derive from NNO will most certainly extend beyond the one night.
Cedar Park celebrates NNO with a variety of outdoor events and activities such as block parties, cookouts, visits from Police Officers, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs. Neighbors are also encouraged to leave their outdoor lights on during NNO. While some area communities have opted to move their National Night Out event to October, the City of Cedar Park celebrates it with the rest of the nation each year, on the first Tuesday in August. For more information about NNO, please visit the National Association of Town Watch’s website at www.natw.org.