Planning for Brown County's National Night Out is under way, and organizers for the event will distribute block party packets this week.

Registered block party captains and those interested in holding a block party can pick up a packet at the Law Enforcement Center at 1050 W. Commerce or the Early Chamber of Commerce at 104 E. Industrial from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The packets will include a block party guide with invitations, tips on holding a party, and other information about National Night Out. Block party captains will also receive a T-shirt and a yard sign to help promote the event.

This year, National Night Out will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in neighborhoods across Brown County. Dozens of neighborhoods have already signed up to participate in National Night Out, but many areas still need to be represented. Organizers are encouraging all residents to participate and make sure their neighborhood is signed up to have these neighborhood gatherings, cookouts, and parties. Law enforcement officials and emergency responders will visit each party during the event.

"Don’t forget this is a huge team effort from citizens, businesses, civic groups, churches, and many law enforcement agencies," Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley said. 

National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Law enforcement officials are encouraging residents to use the event to not only to get to know their neighbors better, but in some cases, to plant the seeds for a neighborhood watch program.

"Start making your plans now because NNO 2012 is just around the corner,” Corley said.  “It really will not be much trouble and I promise you will be glad that you did.” 

For more information about National Night Out or to register a neighborhood for a block party, contact Brownwood Police Officer Chandra Means at (325) 643-9520.

Local participating sponsors for the 2012 National Night Out include Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers, WT Harris Company, Guardian EMS, ATMOS Energy, Wal-Mart, Oncor Electric Delivery, Southside Church, TexasBank, and the Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce.