For years, Frisco has been ranked among the safest cities in America. We, at the Frisco Police Department, believe our residents’ community pride, volunteerism and participation in programs designed to deter crime, such as Neighborhood Watch, help build our reputation for being a community that values crime prevention programs. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about a new event we’re launching this spring. “Frisco Community Awareness Night” – or Frisco C.A.N – will be held May 18.
This event will have the makings of National Night Out, namely neighborhood block parties held simultaneously throughout our city; however, Frisco C.A.N. will be held during a more convenient time for our residents. The mid-May date was selected to time the event with the end of the school year, milder temperatures, and National Police Memorial Week. We’ll kick off Frisco C.A.N with our Safety Palooza at 1 p.m. at our Police Department headquarters at the intersection of Stonebrook Parkway-Parkwood Drive. Following Safety Palooza, we’ll encourage residents to host block parties Saturday evening. As in previous years, our police officers, along with Fire Department colleagues and members of the Frisco City Council will visit registered block parties. We hope the change will encourage even more residents to participate and look forward to, what we believe will be, an exceptional inaugural year.
Frisco enjoyed many successful years of association with the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) National Night Out (NNO) program and its NNO participation contest. We consistently placed well within our respective population categories as we transitioned from a small town to a larger city. After various attempts throughout the years to adjust event dates in an effort to comply with the NATW requirements, meet the needs of our citizens, and to avoid the Texas summer heat and West Nile virus, we polled our Frisco Neighborhood Watch volunteers to get a good picture of what we could do to best serve our residents. After much discussion, the decision was made to step out on our own with a Frisco-specific program. The brand and event name, Frisco C.A.N., was selected over several options and factored feedback from our volunteers.
I’d like to thank our City Council, City Managers and residents for their continued support of crime prevention programs. Together, I believe Frisco C.A.N. continue to foster a community considered one of the safest in the country.
John W. Bruce, Police Chief
Frisco Police Department