National Night Out planned Oct. 2

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By MIKE EDDLEMAN

The Liberty Hill community will gather together for fun and a good cause Oct. 2 to celebrate National Night Out.

The annual event, hosted by the Liberty Hill Police Department, is a community-building effort to bring residents together face-to-face with first responders.

“The importance is the overall engagement between local law enforcement and the community,” said Liberty Hill Police Chief Maverick Campbell. “It is a time for residents to come out and meet the officers that work in their neighborhoods and around their businesses. It is a time for officers to build relationships on a larger scale and have the ability to communicate face to face with residents.”

This year’s event will be from 6-8 p.m. at Liberty Hill Junior High, 13125 W. Hwy. 29. It is an opportunity to meet and mingle with local first responders, and see emergency vehicles up close and personal.

There will be live music from The Decades, as well as food, activities, local businesses and bounce houses to provide fun opportunities for everyone.

Campbell said whether it is to discuss crime trends, traffic issues, quality of life issues or just to get to know one another, he hopes the event is a good opportunity to get to know one another.

“We want people to realize we are approachable as a law enforcement agency and continue to build that open dialogue, continuing it from our other community initiatives,” he said. “This is a chance for us to hear their concerns about the community. We want to learn how we can continue to help Liberty Hill be a safe place to live.”

Putting on the event is no small task, and involved lots of work from police department staff to sponsors, but it is worth it.

“It is a lot of blood, sweat and tears. It’s a lot of hard work and support from the community and sponsors involved in it,” Campbell said. “If we can get through to just one person the importance of the community partnership with the police department it is worth it. It is not just our police department, it is the community’s police department. What we get out of that are the continued positive bridges between us and the community.”

The National Night Out celebration is free. Anyone seeking more information on the event should call the police department at 512-515-5409.

“We love doing this event,” Campbell said. “We hope it just continues to grow and grow, along with the community.”

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