The Huntsville Police Department (HPD) is kicking off 2018 National Night Out-related events in a unique fashion this year, by joining forces with the SHSU Police Department (UPD) at the fifth annual Kats Safety Bash. By expanding the scope of the events, HPD Senior Officer Ryann Kaaa-Bauer said law enforcement will have a more in-depth conversation and impact with citizens one-on-one.
“In previous years, there have been National Night Out events at Kate Barr Ross Park or Target, along with multiple caravans that visit Neighborhood Watch programs in the community,” Kaaa-Bauer said. “In planning this year’s event, HPD and UPD agreed that our agencies could reach a larger number of people by combining efforts.”
The Bash will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, at Bowers Stadium. Kaaa-Bauer explained that by beginning the program with UPD, officers will also be able to get back into the communities with Neighborhood Watch programs on Tuesday, October 2, which is National Night Out in Texas.
HPD is currently seeking additional Neighborhood Watch groups within Huntsville to sign up for the caravanning on October 2; registration forms are available on the HPD website.
“We will be accepting registration for National Night Out from citizens hosting block parties through the end of the Kats Safety Bash event,” Kaaa-Bauer said.
UPD Patrol Officer Jeffrey Butterworth noted they are is excited about partnering with HPD to kick off National Night Out early.
“We are hoping to create a unique interactive experience for our university and the Huntsville community,” said Butterworth.
The Kats Safety Bash will feature all the favorites from years past including the Huntsville Fire Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Walker County EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Forest Service, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, SAAFE House, Walker County/Huntsville Crime Stoppers, and local wrecker service companies, along with HPD and UPD.
“There will be a larger variety of vendors this year,” Kaaa-Bauer said. “We will also have a Jaws of Life demonstration, traffic stop reenactment, and a DWI awareness booth, and AT&T will be there to promote their Talk Text Crash campaign. We hope to see everyone on September 25th.”
To register a neighborhood for National Night Out caravans or to find the nearest neighborhood party, contact Senior Officer Kaaa-Bauer at RKaaa@HuntsvilleTX.gov or 936-291-5493.