Community’s efforts net Nat’l Night Out accolade

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Kilgore Police Department turned up the energy on National Night Out planning this year – the effort had already paid off in 13 local parties in early October when Lt. Tony Stone’s work more recently netted recognition from the NNO initiative.

After years promoting the events to bring police officers and residents together for crime prevention, this was the first time KPD registered and submitted its results to the nationwide program, ultimately ranked 21st among participating communities with populations of 5,000 to 15,000.

“Lieutenant Stone worked months prior to the NNO event with those hosting parties,” according to Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter. “He later created a scrapbook that documented our parties and highlighted our NNO event.

“A great first showing among hundreds of cities across the nation.”

Though most of the nation celebrates National Night Out in August, Texas beats the heat with its event the first Tuesday in October. The 13 parties within the Kilgore City Limits were complemented this year with another celebration in neighboring Liberty City.

“I always enjoy going to National Night Out. I always try to make as many parties as I can,” KPD Assistant Chief Roman Roberson said. “You get to get out, meet a lot of people, eat good food; it’s just lots of fun.

Glad for the new ranking, “Hopefully next year we can push that a little further and maybe come in No. 1. We’re fortunate here in Kilgore, we always have a great turnout for national night out. We have a lot of parties. They always do a great job.”

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