National Night Out 2013 will be held in Burleson on October 1, from 6-9 p.m. The purpose of the evening is to put the spotlight on crime and drug prevention programs in communities through out the United States. The neighborhoods are coordinated with the police department and will retaliate if necessary.
Both apartment complexes and communities have registered to observe Night Out. Apartments on the list are Brentwood Apartments, Encore, Dolce Living, Crestmoor Park South, Shenandoah Townhouses and Alsbury Villas. Communities that will be involved are Castle Hill, Wakefield, Lorna St, Meadow Crest Park, Geddes Court and Smith Street.
Community Resource Officers Jack Goldman and David Wardlaw, members of the police department command staff, bicycle officers, fire department and fire marshal office neighborhood services and Burleson officials will go to as many neighborhood parties as possible.
Target is the National Night Out 2013 sponsor and will be having a family oriented party in their parking lot at 200 NW John Jones Road along with the neighboring businesses at South Towne Crossing. Other businesses that have signed up to observe the Night will be Anytime Fitness, Smoothie King, Chich-Fil-A , H-E-B, 7-11 and Johnson County Protective Services.
This will be the 30th Anniversary of National Night Out which was started by Mark Peskin of the National Association of Town Watch to promote crime prevention, join police departments and communities in that fight and foster friendship among neighbors. The first observance of National Night Out took place on August 7, 1984. Over two million people in 400 communities in 23 states took part that first day.
Currently there are thirty seven million people in 15,000 U.S. communities, territories, military bases worldwide and Canadian cities as well. It is celebrated on the first Tuesday of August and Texas celebrates it the first Tuesday of October.
What began as just lights on campaign has turned into various neighborhood celebrations and parades.