UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
Belton residents join communities across texas in the National Night Out-- America's Night Out Against Crime October 5th.
The National Night Out is a crime prevention event put on by police departments = to promote a police-community partnership while giving people a chance to meet their neighbors. Belton Police expect about 1500 people to show up to the parties to play games, meet officers and Badge the crime dog.
Sergeant Robert Gatewood explains, "This is the only time that officers like us can show that we are also human beings. A lot of times they think we are robots, that we're driving around in our police cars, that we're just going out there trying to find all the crimes. In reality, we would like to know our citizens, we would like to know them personally, and this is our way of saying, 'Hey, let's have a little party, a get together, so you come out.'"
Belton neighborhoods are already planning for the big night out. The parties are scheduled from six to eight p-m. The block party with the best theme will be given prizes and recognition by the police.