National Night Out

October 4, 2019


UTSA National Night Out Increases Awareness of Crime Prevention Programs

The UTSA Police Department, UTSA Student Activities and Target stores, in collaboration with several university departments, hosted a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Oct. 1, to increase awareness of crime prevention programs. Held on the the Main and Downtown campuses, the event was free and open to the public, and garnered about 1,200 students, faculty and staff this year! This year marks the 10th annual event at UTSA.

Attendees enjoyed pizza donated by Dominos and snow cones provided by Kona Ice. Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and Councilman Manny Pelaez attended the DTC event to show support of our UTSA community and police department. UTSA’s SOSA band, cheerleaders and Rowdy kicked off the Main Campus event, and drawings were held every 15 minutes, with prizes sponsored by Target and Walmart.

"UTSA is an example of a community that works together in fostering a partnership with its police department in conjunction with the campus community members," said UTSA Police Chief  Gerald Lewis, Jr. "Together, these partnerships can make measurable strides in combating crime and maintaining a quality of life conducive to achieving academic success."

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual neighborhood crime and drug prevention event involving citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states.

In addition to increasing awareness of crime prevention programs, the event strives to strengthen neighborhood pride and community-police partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that "neighborhoods and communities are organized, working with police and fighting back against crime."