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National Night Out in Texas

| October 2, 2012

Tonight, Texas celebrates the 29th National Night Out (NNO), an annual event to raise awareness of community policing strategies like neighborhood watch. (Most states hold National Night Out in August, but Texas celebrates the event in October so people can avoid the oppressive heat.) The NNO website notes that “[w]hile the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.” Right On Crime regularly covers innovations in policing techniques, but it’s important to remember that proper policing always starts in the community. When Sir Robert Peel created the Metropolitan Police in London in 1829, he emphasized, above all, that “the police are the people and the people are the police.”

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VIBRANT P. REDDY is a Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.

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