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Abilene's National Night Out has been a little strange due to the pandemic the last few years. However, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever as the Abilene Police Department will spread out and have its National Night Out at 4565 South 1st Street near the Winters Freeway.

While the world is going crazy with all this "defund police" nonsense and police cutbacks. The Abilene community has always had a very special relationship with the Abilene Police Department. And this year we get to celebrate it with Police Chief Marcus Dudley and his awesome team of officers.

So get the kids ready, and come have some fun during Abilene's National Night Out with Abilene's finest. Children will be able to up close and personal and explore the police motorcycles, police cars, and police officers on horseback. There will be food, games, activities and lots of pictures to be taken. Join the fun on Tuesday, October 4th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

National Night Out Began in 1984 in an effort to bring the community and Police closer together

National Night Out began in 1984 as a replacement for the National Association of Town Watch, which began in the suburbs of Philadelphia PA in the 1970s. Today National Night Out has grown into an opportunity for our community and police departments to come together and build a stronger, better and safer community.

I personally see National Night Out as an opportunity to teach children not to be afraid of the police but rather to turn to them when they need help. It's an opportunity to get to know the people that are our police officers and first responders. It's an annual opportunity to build a relationship between neighbors and law enforcement bringing back a true sense of community.

As their motto says on their flyer below "Together we are making communities safer, with more caring places to live and work together." nationally neighborhoods host bark block parties festivals parades cookouts some even have carnival rides.

Photo by: APD / Rick Dorman
Photo by: APD / Rick Dorman

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