Precinct Six Holds National Night Out

Tonight is National Night Out — the night when communities hold block parties for neighbors and police to talk about reducing crime in their neighborhood. Texas celebrates the occasion in October when it's not as hot, but there's one precinct in Houston that's celebrating with the rest of the country.

Turn on the evening news tonight in any city in the country and you’re likely to hear about National Night Out — any city that’s not in the state of Texas.  The rest of the country holds the event the first Tuesday in August. Texas moved the date to October for the milder climate.

But Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino decided to stick with the old date.

"For a couple of reasons: One of them is that it was an opportunity where the kids are off of school. Parents have more time with their children, so we have a huge turnout of family. It's a big family event."

Trevino is known for being an old school type law enforcement officer. He doesn’t believe a little sun should stop people from talking about crime.

"The criminal doesn’t rest on hot days. The criminal is out there preying all the time. So we cannot let, in my opinion, the weather decide for us when we’re going to talk about neighborhood get-togethers. We should always talk about it."


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Harris County Precinct 6 will have one big block party tonight, instead of each neighborhood having its own get together as has become the custom. It’s tonight at Diez Park in the East End between 6 and 8 PM.

Constable Trevino hopes people will come out and have fun, but also get to know their neighbors, so that they who to look out for.

"So we tell people to be on the lookout, help each other out. Call in what’s suspicious."

Trevino used to hold National Night Out in front of his own house, until the crowds got too big over the years. He expects even more this year. He says it’ll be a lot of fun and it’s the only block party in Houston. Everyone else has to wait until October.