HPD, city officials urge COVID safety as National Night Out returns to Houston


HOUSTON, Texas  (KIAH) –  National Night Out is back for the city of Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 5 starting at 5 p.m.  During this time, communities come outside to meet their neighbors and area Houston police commanders and officers. 

This is the 38th Annual National Night Out, which was created to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relationships.  Since 1984, communities have been hosting this event with the intent to raise awareness of crime prevention and to send a message that communities and police are working together to keep crime out.

This event is typically celebrated across the country in the month of August, but for Texas, it’s in October.

The event is for hundreds of residents, local law enforcement, business owners, community leaders, and partners coming together under positive circumstances to bridge the gaps in neighborhoods.

Authorities say public safety is a priority for the North Houston District. By hosting this event, law enforcement officers hope to gain understanding and trust on both sides of the badge.

The celebration was postponed last year due to COVID-19. Now National Night Out is back for 2021, but city officials are urging residents to host small, individual gatherings in their own driveways to maintain social distancing. 

The event takes place on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p-m to 8:00 p-m at Tom Wussow Park located at 500 Greens Road (near I-45 North & North Sam Houston Parkway/Beltway).

If you plan to participate, you can expect a “friendly” Houston Police Department vs Harris County Sherrif’s Office tug of war. Along with the U.S Airforce vs the U.S Marines.

A few other activities include a petting zoo, sack race, dunk tank, face painting, and more.

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