NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Neighbors across the country met Tuesday to show their support for law enforcement through organizing events for National Night Out.
Dozens of residents in the Oak Creek community said they are proud to support the boys in blue.
"We support our police, fireman and anyone in that type of service, Elizabeth Yarbrough, a neighbor said. "We want them to feel like this is their neighborhood to."
"In light of what goes on around the country now they are not appreciated in the way they should be," Ned Fowler, a neighbor said. "We appreciate them on this street."
One of the most recent attacks against law enforcement happened Tuesday in the lone star state. An off-duty Harris County sheriff's deputy's apartment door was kicked in by an intruder. The suspect escaped in a vehicle.
This is just one of the many reasons this Nacogdoches community decided to wear blue.
"This is what we need in this country now," Fowler said. "We want to show our appreciation, our need for them, and what they do for us. This is a small thing we can do for them."
Local law enforcement took notice.
"To see the gratitude that they have for what we're doing, it's great," Officer Atticus Shelton, K9 Unit said. The community stands behind us and shows appreciation for what we do."
National night out wasn't just for showing appreciation. It also allowed residents to meet and greet officials.
"I've actually seen the people we protect because most of the time we don't see the people in the houses," Shelton said.
Residents hope block parties like this will keep the crime rate down.
"We don't have a crime problem here," Yarbrough said. "We want to continue with programs like national night out to continue to not have crime in our neighborhood."
"It's exactly saying thank you many times over," Fowler said.
Meantime, over in Harris County authorities are still looking for the man who kicked in the door of that Harris County sheriff's deputy's apartment Tuesday.