Friday, October 4, 2013
Coppell draws largest crowd yet for National Night Out
The city hosted 70 block parties, according to local police.
COPPELL The largest number of block parties ever held for National Night Out in Coppell and the largest crowds to ever attend took place Tuesday night.
Coppell officer R.J. Harr said, “We had the most block parties and neighborhood participating in city’s 22-year history of participating in the NNO program. Many block captains said that they saw an increase in people at their party this year. Officially, I will say we had a total of 70 block parties. That is the most we have ever had and it is a record breaker from last year’s 65.”
People of all ages came to the block parties, from older folks who sat in folding chairs to kids who came on bicycles, tricycles or skateboards.
In addition to the neighbors who got together to know each other, there were also visits from city officials, firefighters, police officers and others.
Many of the events were attended by the National Night Out Knight, McGruff the Crime Dog, and a real dog named Max.
Max is a Belgian Malinois, a dog well-trained to sniff out drugs and catch a suspect if necessary. Coppell K9 officer Robert Kubicek has had Max for several years.
Kubicek and Max performed at several block parties Tuesday night, showing that he could be plenty rough when necessary but also gentle enough to pet when all seems calm.
“I have worked for Coppell for 23 years and been in law enforcement for 25,” Kubicek said. “I have worked Max for 7-and-half years. He is a dual purpose K9. He is trained to sniff out drugs and is trained in handler protection. He can track a human and he can find any article that may be thrown out by a suspect.”
National Night Out block parties were celebrated with cookouts, ice cream socials, bounce houses and other entertainment.
Coppell was No. 1 in the nation in its population category in 2006, 2008 and 2011 and has been No. 1 in Texas in its population category for the last seven years.
With an increase in attendance and number of block parties, Coppell police believe the city has a good chance to be named No. 1 again, possibly both in the state and nation.
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