National Night Out

Hundreds of guests enjoy a night of food and entertainment at the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines/Ware East Texas Montessori Prep Academy/then-Thrive360 combined National Night Out Party in October 2019. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

National Night Out parties in Longview are set for Tuesday afternoon into the evening, according to Longview Police Department.

National Night Out aims to unite communities and local law enforcement through annual parties. These parties are meant to connect and unite neighborhoods, building partnerships between law enforcement and the community as well as educating the public on crime prevention.

The department’s interactive map shows nearly 70 parties registered in the Longview area. The parties are organized by businesses, neighborhoods, organizations and more.

National Night Out is a major event for Longview Police Department, Longview Fire Department, Gregg County Sheriff's Office, Partners in Prevention and the City of Longview.

The event usually yields 100 parties in neighborhoods across Longview. In 2020, National Night Out was canceled due to COVID-19.

The parties range from simply hanging out with neighbors to grander affairs with entertainment. Most parties start after 5 p.m. but there are a few scheduled in the afternoon.

For information, visit LongviewTexas.gov/NNO.

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Courtney Stern is a public safety reporter covering a wide range of topics. She grew up in Baltimore and later earned a journalism degree from the University of Miami. Stern moved to East Texas from Iowa with her husband and two dogs, Pebbles and Bam Bam.