The National Association of Town Watch has awarded Richardson first place in the nation for its 2022 National Night Out (NNO) celebration, in the category for cities with populations between 100,000-300,000. The award is given based on citizen participation, law enforcement involvement, organization and quality of activities. Richardson’s event took place Oct. 4 in local parks and neighborhoods, and featured group gatherings and block parties visited by costumed characters, first responders and local dignitaries. It was coordinated by the Richardson Police Department’s Community Relations unit. 

Richardson has participated in the annual National Night Out for 33 years. NNO promotes camaraderie between neighbors and between neighborhoods and local police, helping foster a sense of community and prevent crime.