COLLEGE STATION, TX — College Station Police Officers were out in the community Tuesday night as part of National Night Out, an effort that may be more important than ever this year.
“It’s always a great opportunity for us to engage with residents throughout our community to better understand what are the concerns within the individual neighborhoods. Are there any public safety issues that we can work through or address together? Are there questions that just need to be answered,” says College Station Officer Tristen Lopez.
The community of Stonewater Village in south College Station gathered outside to have a conversation with officers, asking about the coronavirus and its effect on crime within the community.
“We did ask him whether the COVID epidemic has caused any more crime and he said that the crime had changed a lot, so that makes us feel good also," says College Station Resident George Pritchard.
Officer Lopez saying that the biggest message he wants to get across to the community is the importance of reminding the community if they see something, say something.
“Sometimes a lot of people think, ‘well I don't want to waste a police officer's time, they have more important things to do,’ but the truth is we are here to make our community safer and sometimes all we need is the clue, the tip, that something might be going on and for us to look into to that,” he says.
Though Stonewater Village is one of the only gated communities in College Station, folks here say it’s still important to have a strong relationship with officers.
“They are wonderful to talk to. we love supporting them. We want them to know that we are part of the community and we consider them a part of the community," says Pritchard.
College Station PD will be participating in National Coffee with a Cop Wednesday morning, October 7th.
Residents can have a cup of coffee and continue their conversations outside of the new police station located at 800 Krenek Tap Road in College Station from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.