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20130806 National-Night-Out Mission JMB 0160Kicking off Mission’s 18th annual National Night Out celebration, Mission Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez told the attendees, “It’s all of us united, because we can’t do it without you.”

Thousands of parents and children streamed through the Leo Peña Placita Park in downtown Mission, lining up to receive free school supplies from local law enforcement agencies and local retailers, such as H-E-B and Target.

The annual event, hosted by Mission Crime Stoppers and Mission Police Department, is designed to be a coming together of communities to fight neighborhood crime and build relationships between police and residents. Locally, it has also become a time to help families by providing basic school supplies as the summer winds to a close.

In addition, the evening was filled with a series of performances by groups such as the Mission High School Cheerleaders and High Flyers, Mission Veterans Stars and Sharyland Cheerleaders. A graceful rendition of Spanish ballads by 16-year-old Mission High student Carolina Gonzalez delighted the audience. She was followed by folklorico dancers and other performers on the stage throughout the evening.

In his opening remarks, Interim Chief Dominguez also said, “We all unite to control crime in our neighborhoods. I’m proud to report that we have over 45 Neighborhood Watch programs in our community…. If you don’t have a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood, then I ask you to contact our department so you can start one.”

He also reported that Mission has the lowest crime rate in the Rio Grande Valley, when compared to communities of similar size, such as Pharr and Edinburg.

“I’m very proud of not only our officers and our investigators, but of you the community that are our eyes and ears,” he said.  

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