National Night Out encourages community cooperation to curb crime

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TCU Police Officers Pam Christian (left) and George Steen (right) inform students about crime prevention on campus.
TCU Police Officers Pam Christian (left) and George Steen (right) inform students about crime prevention on campus.

 The TCU Police Department along with Fort Worth police and fire departments participated Tuesday in National Night Out to stop crime at TCU.

National Night Out is an annual initiative that promotes police-community partnerships in order to build communities and make them safer.

“It’s a way to get to know the officers that serve your community; that’s important,” said Pam Christian, crime prevention officer for TCU.

Students were able to meet with TCU police as well as Fort Worth police and firefighters and ask them questions about crime prevention and safety on campus.

In addition, students were given Frisbees and brochures with information regarding safety habits, domestic violence hotlines and DWI laws in Texas in order for them learn more about National Night Out.

Sarah Persson, a first-year pre-major, said there is a sense of security and trust when police are involved in the community.

“When you have a strong connection with the police department, I just think overall there is a stronger sense of security and comfort for the students,” Persson said.

National Night Out was started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation.

Christian said all in all, it was to help stop crime at TCU.

“Knowledge is power,” Christian said. “The more you communicate and get to know your officers, the more you can prevent crime in a community.”

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