National Night Out is a great opportunity to bring neighbors together, strengthen police-community relations, and make neighborhoods safer places to live. Millions of people across the country are expected to participate, and Celina residents always show in large numbers.

During National Night Out 2016 from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 4, the Celina Police Department has set out to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

According to a release, domestic violence affects all communities, and victims often suffer alone. Hope’s Door provides comprehensive services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Most importantly, Hope’s Door needs community assistance to keep pace with the demand for their services.

Thanks to the community’s partnership with the police department and Hope’s Door, the Celina community achieved a -17.70 percent decrease in domestic violence offenses in 2015. This year, CPD is calling on neighborhood groups to sponsor a donation drive for Hope’s Door during National Night Out. A wish list is available at www.hopesdoorinc.org.

CPD encourages all residents to turn on their outside lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with neighbors and public safety personnel from police and fire. Donation collection boxes for Hope’s Door will be provided to each block party. For more information, contact Officer Katherine Kozarevich at kkozarevich@celina-tx.gov or call CPD at 972-382-2121.

Fighting crime and drugs in Prosper neighborhoods is the whole purpose behind the Prosper Police Department’s annual National Night Out event – also set for the national event date of Oct. 4 – says Prosper Police Officer Erin Hubbard.

“Police officers and firefighters will attend as many neighborhood block parties as we can on Oct. 4,” Hubbard said. “If a neighborhood, community or HOA is holding an event and would like police and fire personnel to attend, they need to contact their HOA office or Prosper police. We’ll make as many of these neighborhood events as we can, but only those that register with us.”

Police and fire personnel will set aside the hours from 6-9 p.m. to make their visits.

To add a block party to the list that public safety personnel will visit, organizers can call 972-347-9002 or send an email to Hubbard at erin_hubbard@prospertx.gov. Also, registration can be completed online at www.prospertx.gov/residents/police/national-night-block-party-registration/.

“We’re always promoting police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie, and the National Night Out events help us do that very effectively,” she added. “These events create the kind of spirit, energy and determination that are helping make our neighborhoods even safer.”

National Night Out events in Prosper have become significantly more creative in the last few years. In addition to cookouts, some neighborhoods put on patriotic parades, mini street festivals and play host to games, inflatables and DJs.

“The enthusiasm is very gratifying. We know that residents are taking our crime-fighting message to heart because of these fun and entertaining events,” said Hubbard. “We certainly encourage it.”