ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- For many communities, early October is a time to get out there and get to know their law enforcement.
“I want to be an officer when I grow up,” says Ruby Lares, Mayan Herrera also chiming in saying “I want to know them.”
Cpl. Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Dept. says “nationwide hundreds of thousands of people participate every year on the first Tuesday of October. Tonight, 20 blocks in Odessa have signed up to have block parties to host OPD Officers and Odessa Fire and Rescue personnel as well.”
Ector County Sheriff, Mike Griffis, echoing OPD by saying, “I think it’s great that the citizens can come out here and visit with the Police Officers and Deputies that beat the bushes every day.”
Life-long Odessa resident Laura Lares says it’s a special event for children, especially after the recent mass shooting.
“It helps them like relax and know that there is people available especially with everything that’s been going on here.”
Law enforcement making sure residents know they are just as important when it comes to keeping everyone safe.
“Be neighborly, be friendly, watch out for each other the citizens out there have more eyes on the street than we do,” says Griffis.
According to LeSueur, “studies have shown that the more you know your neighbors the more they look out for you; the less crime you have in your neighborhood because they are going to look out for you. They’re going to know who is supposed to be there who isn’t supposed to be there.”
Advice that Lares is going to take them up on. “I really don’t know my neighbors it really does make you want to get out there and know the people that are around you and know a little bit about them at least.”