The Midlothian Police Department was recognized by the National Night Out campaign for its participation in the annual community-building event.

The department’s successful NNO community event in October earned it an award in the ‘Areas with 15,000 - 50,000 population’ category, and a ranking of 20th among police departments nationwide of the same size — 2nd in Texas behind Coppell, which was ranked 4th.

“Thank you to all of the community and sponsors who came out to ‘Put the Unity in Community’ for our National Night Out 2019,” the department noted. “This is only possible through teamwork.”

NNO started in 1984, and “involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states,” according to the organization’s website natw.org.

The national campaign is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement-affiliated crime watch programs. It occurs in August in most states, except in Texas where it unfolds in October when temperatures are cooler.

“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” the organization points out. “Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances."

“Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more," the non-profit added.