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Mission readies for National Night Out

2014 National-Night-Out-LogoMission Crime Stoppers and Police Department are hosting one of the largest crime prevention events in Western Hidalgo County on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

The event will be held at Leo Peña Park, across from the H-E-B on Conway and Business 83, from 6-10 p.m.

The event will feature food, entertainment and information from local nonprofit organizations

to deter crime. Mission Crime Stoppers and the police department’s victim assistance representatives also will be at the event.

There also will be free games, school supplies and face painting.

According to National Night Out’s website, the event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Police Chief Robert Dominguez has said this event is for the police department to work together with their residents and neighbors to help prevent crime in their neighborhoods.

“We want them to look out for each other,” Dominguez said. “It’s all about bringing them together.

In the past two years, Mission Crime Stoppers passed out about 1,000 bags and backpacks.

Other cities participating in the event this year have also been invited to pass out school supplies to the community.

Donations of school supplies and money are still being accepted until the date of the event. Any monetary donation will be used to purchase school supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the Mission Police Department. Items needed include crayons, pencils, scissors, markers, wide ruled paper, rulers, folders, glue, pens and erasers. Optional items sought are one-inch binders, dividers and highlighters.

For more information, call Inv. Romeo Ortega at 458-9046.

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