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Central Texas communities host National Night Out events

First responders in Austin, Round Rock and other cities participated in the annual event.

AUSTIN, Texas — Central Texas police departments hosted National Night Out events throughout the area on Tuesday, Oct. 4. 

National Night Out, according to the organization's website, is an annual community-building campaign to promote police partnerships with the community and neighborhoods.

The events can be held by neighborhoods as block parties, festivals, cookouts and other events that bring police and neighborhoods together in positive circumstances. This was the 38th annual National Night Out by the National Association of Town Watches.

Authorities and first responders from around Central Texas attended the events on Tuesday night, including Austin, Round Rock, Hays County and Travis County ESD No. 2.

"This is a night to send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, crime prevention awareness, safety and law enforcement-community partnerships," the Hays County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

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