Lights On and Night Out Against Crime 

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The importance of involving the community to help local law enforcement officers combat crime is evident as more police departments rely on community-based programs to help maintain neighborhood safety.  

The Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) is going one step further by participating in the National Night Out event. 

This year, after going virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event returns to Fort Worth neighborhoods on October 5th. 

All participating residents should turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with their neighbors.  

Joining residents will be public safety officers and other city personnel as they strive to introduce themselves to residents and build a relationship of trust. City officials want to let residents know that they are available in times of need.  

Neighborhood groups are asked to register on the FWPD website so that officers know where National Night Out events will occur.  

In its 38th year, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.  

According to the FWPD, National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.  

Nationally, millions of households are expected to take part in National Night Out. Events include neighborhood block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and other community bonding events. Some communities also use the evening as an opportunity to hold safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, and visits from emergency personnel, all to build a trusting relationship with first responders.  

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