An outstanding show of support from Richardson residents has put the city at the top of the recognition list for last month’s National Night Out event.
The National Association of Town Watch awarded Richardson 1st place for the 2010 National Night Out competition, which showcases citizen participation between police departments and the communities they serve.
The national event encourages citizens to come outside for an evening to interact with their neighbors and members of the local police department to strengthen neighborhood spirit and enhance the sense of community. Community policing is a strategy and philosophy based on the notion that interaction and support among neighbors can help control crime and reduce fear, with community members helping to identify suspects and bring problems to the attention of the police.
Richardson has been recognized as one of the top National Night Out communities in the nation for the past 17 years and was awarded 1st place in 2001, 2005, and 2007 for communities in the 50,000 to 99,000 population category.
The Richardson Police Department had 167 registered neighborhood block parties for 2010 in addition to various crime prevention programs throughout the year that served the residential and business communities. The City thanks all those who participated and looks forward to another great event next year.
source: City of Richardson