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Neighborhoods across Lewisville are planning events meant to bring the community together and promote partnerships with police.
National Night Out (NNO) will be celebrated in Lewisville Oct. 3. There are seven confirmed block parties in the city, but police officials said two more are possible. There is still time for residents to register their block party online at natw.org.
“This is a great way to get involved with your community,” said Capt. Casey Carter. “National Night Out gets you outside your home and gives you the opportunity to meet your neighbors. If you know your neighbors it can make your neighborhood safer because you start watching out for one another and get connected.”
Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) Greg Hopper said block parties can be as elaborate or as simple as residents want.
“Last year we had some areas where the residents just walked around their block meeting each other for the first time,” Hopper said.
The city has many resources available for residents who are planning parties. Residents may go online at cityoflewisville.com and search “block party.” The neighborhood services department put together a packet on “how to host a block party.” It includes everything from what applications and permits are needed to tips on how to set it up the day of and possible activities to include.
“Residents can also contact their NRO,” said NRO J.T. Flores. “We can help people get started with organizing a block party.”
During NNO, Lewisville’s four NROs – Joel Baker, Flores, Hopper and Marni Hull – will make their way around to all the block parties. Each NRO is responsible for one district in the city. Flores said they make it a point to stay in their district, so they can meet residents in their area.
“We’re here for the community,” Baker said. “These block parties can be very simple, and we’re here to help walk residents through the process of setting them up.”
Baker said there are some new block parties this year, but also one in his district that has been held for more than eight years.
“There’s a lot to learn by participating in NNO,” Hopper said. “There’s many city resources available, and NNO is a great way to learn about them.”
Hull, who is the newest NRO, will take part in her first NNO.
“I’m really excited to be part of this event,” Hull said. “The reason I decided to switch from being a school resource officer to an NRO was to get back out in the community.”
In addition to the NROs, most of the LPD captains and chiefs will attend block parties. Carter said patrol officers will stop by as the call volume allows. The Lewisville Fire Department and other city officials also plan to take part in NNO.
“This is a positive event for the city,” Hopper said. “We want to roll out the red carpet and help residents get involved with NNO.”
How can I find out who my NRO is?
Call 972-219-3668 and tell the LPD representative where you reside in Lewisville. They will provide the name and telephone number of the correct NRO.