RICHARDSON – The Annual National Night Out kickoff event in Richardson was recently held virtually.  Several changes were announced to this year’s community celebrations that will be put in place to help keep people safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There will be no social gatherings during National Night Out on Oct. 6, but people can still participate. RPD recommend people hold their own individual family-style picnics in their front yards or display crime prevention signs and posters at home.

People can also turn their porch lights on during National Night Out. This year, there will be a COVID-19 mask decorating contest with awards to the most creative and a planned food drive for the Network of Community Ministries. 

National Night Out helps build a relationship between law enforcement and the community and kind of gives a sense of solidarity. I think a lot of people will enjoy the way we do it. We’ll still be able to get out and see everybody, but we’ll keep our distance to remain safe,”said officer David Beregszaszy.

In addition to assigned police officers, Richardson City councilmembers will also be visiting neighbors and waving from a distance.  Specialty visits are planned from Nat the Knight and McGruff the crime dog. 

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