Neighborhoods throughout Jarrell are invited to join the local police and more than 38 million neighbors across 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide for the city’s first local National Night Out event October 1.
From 5pm–9pm, neighbors throughout Jarrell and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement.
This national program enhances the relationship among and between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides the opportunity for bring police and neighbors to come together under positive circumstances, and also raise money for the police association and Blue Santa program.
In past years, Jarrell Police joined the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department for activities in Jarrell and Sonterra, but Sergeant Chris Bryce says the department is providing its own program this year to enable law enforcement to really focus on their own community.
The event is family-friendly and there will be parking at the Tractor Supply store. Free activities include a bounce house, dunk tank, vendor information booths and Jarrell Fire Department displays. Local participating retailers will have keychains, koozies, and other branded items for guests.
There will also be food trucks, shaved ice and an opportunity to “Jail-n-Bail” a friend, teacher or family member for $1 to help raise more funds. Jailbirds may see the judge to pay a “fine” or spend 15 minutes in lockup. Jail-n-Bail funds will also be contributed to purchasing gifts for the needy.
Sgt. Bryce says, “I’m excited about Jarrell having this event and the opportunity for people to come out and meet their neighbors. It’s not just about law enforcement, it’s about community. I’m glad that we will have a bigger presence and a means to get more people involved. We want to help out more and generate awareness for the needs around Jarrell.”
The event will take place rain-or-shine, unless the weather gets bad enough to create a safety issue. Sgt. Bryce says to look for more information on their Facebook page and an LED billboard that will be installed on I-35 early this month.
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