BALLINGER - The Ballinger Police Department will host National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 3 behind city hall.

BALLINGER - The Ballinger Police Department will host National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 3 behind city hall.

Police Chief Stan Maresch said he is excited to host the first ever event in Ballinger. The event is sponsored by National Association of Town Watch, the Ballinger Police Department and the Ballinger Area chamber of Commerce.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention and awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to criminals to let them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

“When I became chief one of my main goals was to focus on more community outreach,” Maresch said. “And this is the perfect way to reach out, while possibly preventing crimes in the process.”

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August and in Texas on the first Tuesday in October. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

This year there will be food, fun and fellowship, Maresch said.

He has invited some of the candidates running for office for city council and mayor to participate. In addition, the Ballinger Fire Department will have their Bounce House behind city hall. First Community Federal Credit Union will have their dunk tank on site and First Baptist Church youth will be assisting. Brady Bunch Boutique has donated for the refreshments Maresch said,

“We are inviting the whole community,” Maresch said.

For more information, or to volunteer or to participate, contact Tammie Virden, executive director of the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-365-2333.