National Night Out in Texas

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Tuesday was National Night Out for Texas, and neighborhoods across Texoma were blocked off for the occasion. The goal is to promote safety and neighborhood camaraderie.

The block parties were more than just a chance for neighbors and law enforcement to get together and socialize, they also served another purpose - safety. Tuesday was National Night Out for Texas, and neighborhoods across Texoma were blocked off for the occasion.

And the gatherings weren’t without all the fixings either, as residents spent plenty of time preparing some of their signature dishes for neighbors and law enforcement to enjoy.

"One of the things we talked about is that they had been baking all morning so we knew it would be good,” said Sergeant Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department.

Tuesday’s Night Out was the 6th annual for residents on West Shields Street in Sherman. And long time home owner there, Marge Abernethy, said she always looks forward to the block party.

"Just getting together with the neighbors, we don't see them all that much but we like for everybody to know that we're on the lookout for any problems or to help out," said Abernethy.

And as Sergeant Dawsey says, the goal of National Night Out is to promote relationships between law enforcement and local communities.

"It's one thing to answer calls in an area but it's another thing to actually spend some time with the citizens when you're not on a call when you have time to relax and just talk and find out what their concerns hopefully that we can address,” explained Dawsey.

Dawsey and other police officers feel that the more united a neighborhood, the lower the crime and drug use will be in their community.

"It helps people, so that if they know their neighbors and if something suspicious is going on or if there's someone going into another house that they don't recognize or don't know, then it would help us in preventing crime so that they would call us and we could catch someone in the act. That's the basic concept behind it,” said Dawsey.

So for Marge Abernethy, a resident on this street for 32 years, National Night Out gives her a sense of safety as well.

"I think that if everybody's aware that we're looking out for each other it makes a difference, and we enjoy the police and the firemen coming,” said Abernethy.

Sergeant Dawsey says if your neighborhood is interested in putting together a block party, or participating in next year's national night out, just give your local police department a call.


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  • by Bad guys..... Location: ......or is it just DURANT? on Oct 16, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    Here's a hoot. We've got drug dealers down the street and also around our corner in DOWNTOWNN Durant. The Sheriff was just at one of these locations and I laughed and yelled from my porch, "bust 'em!" You know what they did? They drove away! I'm starting to think these bad A's are scared to bust drug houses. There are people who think like vigalantes here...BECAUSE THE LAW isn't working for us! "IF" YOU Won't protect us what does that leave the people???? Don't forget the CONSTITUTION and Don't boo-hoo if we do the job you FOR you. It can be proven you did not do your jobs! PATHETIC!!!!!!!!! Too bad we can't get the Sherman cops here to talk to you about how to handle things. Bryan County - you are SO pathetic and USELESS! It'll catch up with you. Maybe you should drive a few extra miles to sit in on the Grayson Co. meetings. The people will end up fixing what you won't and we won't get paid for it either. How sick. Hey BOOGER EATERS, wanna BA-BA?????
  • by Good Job! on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    I think this needs to happen in Durant. There are a few houses where I heavily suspect drug manufacture and/or distribution is going on. In fact, some of the officers have been called to these locations due to neighbor complaints but for some reason nothing gets done. Is it because they're young'uns? If so, get some seasoned men to go with them, but don't let this keep continuing. I'd like to see officers follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and be friendly, TRUSTED, guardians for the people, who will take care of us when we need you. Heck, I'd grill filet mignon, salmon, baked potatoes, bbq ribs, NY strip, whatever, to get the law back in tune with the people. But, I'm not sure they want to be in tune with us. Time will tell I guess. When they've had their fill of complaints maybe they'll think about it. Sherman obviously has something together there. Good for them. P.S. and beside the point, Sergeant Bruce Dawsey is HOT. Two plusses in his favor.
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