Tuesday October 3rd, the citizens of La Porte jointed members of the
Police, Fire, and EMS Department in celebrating National Night Out. As in
previous years, the occasion was highlighted by the Police Department’s annual
open house. However, several neighborhood gatherings were also held throughout
the community and were attended by personnel from the City’s Emergency Services
as well as members of City Council.
This year’s residential National Night Out events in La Porte
varied depending on the neighborhood. Some neighborhoods hosted block
parties, complete with food and refreshments, while other community members
planned their events in nearby parks, advertising it within HOA newsletters
weeks before the event. Other residents simply gathered among
centrally-located neighborhood homes and socialized as children played.
In addition to eight neighborhood-centered outreach efforts,
nearly 350 citizens visited the La Porte Police
Department’s open house at the
Herbert Freeman Police facility. Open house
attractions included guided tours of the police department, courtesy of the
police department’s dedicated Citizen Police Academy volunteer staff, Youth
Explorer Post, and Communications Division. Other displays and
demonstrations were provided by emergency services personnel from throughout
Harris County, including visits from Harris County Precinct 8 Constable Phil
Sandlin, along with several of his deputies. Additional emergency response
and service organizations represented were Port of Houston Police, US Customs, U.S.
Army, and Harris County Marine Division, & Community Service Divisions.
Texas House State Representative District 128 Briscoe Cain III and
representatives from Congressman Brian Babin’s office were also in attendance.
of City of La Porte members were on hand to represent the Police Communications
Division, Crime Victim’s Services, Bomb Squad, SWAT, DARE Program, Bicycle
Patrol Unit, and Animal Control, as well as staff from the Office of Emergency
Management, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Marshall’s
Office, and Municipal Court. Furthermore, associates from Beacon Credit
Union, Wells Fargo, and State Farm Insurance agents comprised local business
involvement. San Jacinto College and the
Bridge provided information on community awareness and opportunities.
Representing area support units were Alpha Search and Rescue, Operation
Lifesaver Train Safety, Lyondell 911, the La Porte Fire Department’s ladies
auxiliary, Project Blue, and Cajun Navy. Food and refreshments were graciously
provided by Beacon Federal Credit Union, H.E.B., Mr. Barry Beasley, and the La
Porte Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association. Lil Jack’s Moonwalks
also gave a well-appreciated repeat performance in offering recreational
activities for the attendees at the police facility, free of charge.
National Night Out gives
residents an opportunity to intermingle in a setting close to home, and
showcases another example of how the La Porte Police Department strives to
foster positive relationships and promote safer neighborhoods. For more
information on the department’s involvement in their community, contact LPPD’s
Support Services Division at 281-842-3183