AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN)– The 33rd annual National Night Out kicked off Saturday afternoon with a celebration hosted by the Austin Police Department.
The free event held at Mueller Airport Lake from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featured games, booths, music and food for purchase. All proceeds went to the Austin Police Community Liaison Corporation. The celebration served as a preview for Tuesday’s National Night Out.
APD invites all neighborhoods throughout Austin to join communities throughout the country by participating in National Night Out on Oct. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. by spending the evening with neighbors, police officers, EMS and firefighters. This annual event is designed to increase drug and crime prevention awareness while also strengthening community relations between residents and police officers.
During National Night Out, APD reminds residents to turn on their porch lights and lock their doors before spending the evening with fellow residents and law enforcement.
While the rest of the country celebrates National Night Out in August, the Texas heat caused the event to be moved to October in the hopes of cooler weather.
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