Amarillo Police Department encourages public to take part in National Night Out

National Night Out is a program through the National Association of Town Watch. The event is a benefit to all neighborhood watch programs, anyone looking to start one or people that just want to get to know their neighbors.

The annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Texas celebrates National Night Out on the first Tuesday of October, which is October 2nd this year.

There are several different ways you can be involved. Some neighborhoods will have a cook out or pot luck at a central location, some will just get out and walk the neighborhood to get to know their neighbors. Last year a local business opened up their parking lot for a community event.

The main thing is getting outside, locking your doors, turning on your outside lights, and getting to know the people in your community.

Members of the Amarillo Police Department will be available that evening to come by every event, no matter how big or small, to get to know our community as well. The APD is making a list of groups that want to have an officer or officers come by.

Last year most groups started between 5 pm and 6 pm and ran for a couple of hours.

If you are interested hosting an event please contact the Amarillo Police Department Crime Prevention Unit ASAP so they can make sure and get officers scheduled. You can reach the CPU at 378-4257 or email Corporal Hilton at or Sergeant Burr at to let them know that you will be participating and request an officer to come by and visit with your group.

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