The Kingsville police and fire departments worked to cement better community relations last week during an annual National Night Out event.
Fajita tacos and dog toys were among items handed out to people who partic- ipated in the University Boulevard meet-up. Kids and students in particular were welcomed. Among numerous topics discussed were the types and function of multiple different govern- mental agencies and services offered in Kingsville.
“In most cases, our com- munity only sees us when we’re doing enforcement,
so it’s really giving back to the community, so that’s our main thing, that’s why we’re here” said city police investi- gator Arnold Salazar.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Andrew Smith talked to members of the community about getting to know the area’s law enforce- ment agencies.
“What we’re doing is we’re coming out, we’re getting in- volved, we want to meet the citizens and show them who we are, and even answer some questions,” said Smith.
Local firefighters were there to show off their equipment, including a demonstration of how fire trucks operate. They even demonstrated how a fire hose worked.
Rane Joseph, a fire depart- ment volunteer, said he at- tended the event as an extra step in showing the commu- nity how much he and other volunteers care.
“We are just showing our support for the city of Kings- ville, we are here for you guys,” he said.
The Kleberg County chap- ter of Relay for Life was also on hand accepting donations and providing more infor- mation to the public about cancer and the need for more research on the causes and treatment of the disease.
Crossfit for Health and Wellness was also present at the Night Out. The orga- nization promotes healthy lifestyles.
“We just want to introduce people to a healthy life, so that’s our main goal,” Rebec- ca Johnson, a member of the organization, said.
Crossfit encourages people of all ages to give the pro- gram a try
“A lot of people feel intim- idated like they can’t do it, but they can,” said Johnson.
PEPtalk, the TAMUK Sum- moners, and the university’s criminology club also joined firefighters and police offi- cers for the Night Out. Smith mentioned the DPS and other agencies were looking to hire well qualified individuals who want to be part of law enforcement.
“We believe that Texas A&M Kingsville definitely has those individuals to offer, individuals who are self-motivated, have great moral character and are edu- cated,” he added.
Any individual who is interested in obtaining more information can contact Smith at [email protected] texas.gov or call 361-445- 6760.