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UHDPD Invites Students, Families to National Night Out Oct. 3


By Indira Zaldivar & Edward Saenz, The Dateline

The UHD Police Department (UHDPD) invites faculty, staff, students and their family members to the Oct. 3 celebration of National Night Out. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Naylor Parking Lot, attendees will be treated to live music, food, safety demonstrations, and visits from local first responders and law enforcement officers. (Download flyer at right.)

Officer Jose, Corporal Raymond Jenkins, Chief Casey Davis, and Detective Deionne Jackson at the National Night Out event in fall 2021. Credit Shaheryar Khan

This annual community-building campaign promotes police, community, and neighborhood partnerships to make neighborhoods safer and a more caring place to live and work, according to UHDPD Officer Bibiana Reyna. 

“This is a great opportunity for students to come out and meet people from around the community as well as the police officers and security officers from UHDPD,” Reyna said. “National Night Out creates positive relationships between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back the true essence of how law enforcement and communities should work together.” 

City officials, Houston Police Department K9, firefighters, and a fire truck will be present. UHDPD will provide free food including popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, burgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Sports & Fitness and Student Activities will provide games. External vendors will also be on site to provide information about resources students can access.

This year marks UHDPD’s fifth National Night Out celebration on campus; the national organization is celebrating its 40th year. 

“UHDPD wants to be able to build a positive relationship with all faculty, staff, and students along with their families to let them know that we are here to support them and create a safe environment where they can work and learn,” Reyna said. 

Photo (from left): Officer Jose, Corporal Raymond Jenkins, Chief Casey Davis, and Detective Deionne Jackson at a previous National Night Out event. Photo credit: Shaheryar Khan. 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.