Both the Magnolia Police Department (MPD) and the Tomball Police Department (TPD) will be taking part in the 30th incarnation of National Night Out Oct. 1.
National Night Out is the brainchild of the National Association of Town Watch and was designed to bring community members and first response organizations together.
"The main thing and our focus is to bring law enforcement and the community together and strengthen the bond between them," said MPD executive officer James Senegal.
MPD will be holding their event at Unity Park in Magnolia from 6-9 p.m. Senegal said HEB will be providing free hot dogs, chips and water, while Chick-fil-A will have cookies and giveaways.
"2011 was the last time that Magnolia participated in National Night Out," Senegal said. "We realized that it is a tremendous benefit for the community as a whole who have a common goal of fighting crime and implementing public safety."
Senegal said that the event will have the Department of Public Safety helicopter performing a landing, Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department trucks and firefighters, Magnolia Police vehicles, Cowboy Dave Bayless from 100.3 The Bull FM, as well as representatives from the U.S. Army with various games and activities. Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon will be the keynote speaker.
There will also be a texting and driving simulator, a rollover crash demonstration machine and drunk driving goggles demonstrations.
"We are going to focus a lot on distracted driving because it causes so many of the car accidents we see," said Senegal.
At the same time down SH 249, the Tomball Police will be holding their National Night Out at the Depot Center, starting at 6 p.m.
"We are going to have fire, EMS, police and public works there with all their vehicles out on display," said TPD Sgt. Rebecca Carlisle. "It will be a very good time."
Carlisle said that she plans to have the city's gyroplane on display, as well as bounce houses and fingerprinting for kids. Employees from the Tomball Target will be on hand to cook hot dogs as well.
"We are going to have a lot of giveaways and it is a way for people to come out and see who protects their neighborhoods and schools," Carlisle said. "The kids will be able to get inside the fire trucks and police cars and public works will have some tractors there as well."
Carlisle also has plans for a special surprise during the event. She is keeping mum about it and says that those who want to be in on the secret must come to the event.
"It's going to be an event that has never before been seen in Tomball," she said.
For more information on Magnolia's event call 281-356-2500 or for Tomball's event call 281-351-5451.