CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The University Police Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted “National Night Out: America’s Night Out Against Crime” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Camden Miramar Apartments in front of the clubhouse. The event focused on promoting crime prevention for the University.
“Not only are we here for the community to get to know us and for us to get to know the community, but we are also here to teach the community how to protect your neighbors,” said Ray Casares, University Police Sergeant.
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is an initiative that promotes statewide crime prevention. Communities all over Texas come together each year. This year, more than 30 years of drug prevention awareness was celebrated.
Students had the opportunity to participate in a driving course using “drunk” goggles and a pedal kart to simulate the effects of drinking and driving. Recreational Sports trainers, the Safe Communities Project, and the Honors Program all had display tables at the event. Activities also included giveaways from Islanders Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (I-ADAPT).
Members of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Police Department were also in attendance. The event was complete with a deejay and a performance by Flour Bluff baton twirlers. Hot dogs and snacks were provided.
Special guest Mark Skurka, Nueces County District Attorney, spoke on the importance of making good decisions.
“It doesn’t matter where you are; you need to make good decisions,” said Skurka. “It goes back to consequences. When you have a choice to make, take the extra seconds to think about what you’re doing before you do it, because one bad decision can follow you for the rest of your life.”