The Commerce Journal

October 9, 2012

National Night Out brings community together

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Plenty of food, fun and awareness for stopping crime was on display at the National Night Out in Commerce on Tuesday.

Weston Evans, coordinator of facilities for Texas A&M University-Commerce, said the event is good for students, community, and for the police department.

“We are fortunate that the university is able to partnership with our local and university law enforcement to reach out to Commerce to strengthen our bonds,” he said. “We are letting citizens know that we are here to help and to provide a safe environment.”

More than 200 citizens were gathered outside the Jerry D. Morris Recreation Center. The event boasted a live band for entertainment for the adults, and a bounce house and a balloon maker for children to enjoy.

“This is a chance for families in town to get behind the badges and get to know them better and understand that they’re just like them,” Bob Brown, A&M-Commerce vice president for Business and Administration, said. “It is a chance to educate citizens’ crime prevention, and to come out and have fun.”

According to Evans, This event provided a way for citizens to participate in crime prevention.

“We want to keep our community safe from crime,” he said. “There are enough bad things in the world as it is. I’m glad people can come out, enjoy and get involved.”