National Night Out to be observed Oct. 1

National Night Out will be observed throughout Hays County on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and both the Kyle City Council and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office have endorsed the community-based crime prevention effort.

The event is meant to increase awareness about law enforcement programs in communities including drug prevention and other anti-crime efforts. Residents are encouraged to hold neighborhood gatherings, block parties and the like and to leave their lights on, Sheriff Gary Cutler said.

Proclamations were passed by both the Hays County Commissioners Court and the Kyle City Council. Kyle council member Alex Villalobos, who was the only council member to comment on the issue, noted that National Night out is “a day really set aside to engage the community … to really reach out and engage one-on-one. It’s a perfect opportunity for organizations and neighbors to see the personal side of officers … to get to know the people that protect us.”

Among events already scheduled include festivities for the Amberwood and Creekside communities sponsored by Texas Lehigh Cement, and a gathering of Mountain City residents at the home of Beth Smith.

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