UHDPD to Host National Night Out on Oct. 2
By Cynthia Gonzales
The UHD Community is invited to a National Night event hosted by the UHD Police Department from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 on the South Deck.
According to UHDPD Lt. Frederick Varela, the event is also police family affair since several members of the police department team will be doing much of the heaving lifting.
Sgt. Jaime Cortez will be responsible for grilling the hot dogs, Dispatcher Marcelino Torrio will be deejaying all evening and Security Officer Stephen Vega will be singing the National Anthem—opera style, Varela added.
National Night Out began in 1984 to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie, as well as to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This will be the first time UHDPD will be participating in the annual event, now in its 35th year.
The event also will include safety demonstrations, games, refreshments and UHD swag. Community organizations partnering with UHDPD are The Houston Public Library, Houston Dynamo and Dash, Greater Northside Chamber of Commerce, Houston Parks Board, Texas Department of Transportation, TDECU, Wal-Mart, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, EADO Bike Company, and the Harris County Department of Education.
For more information, contact Lt. Fred Varela via email or call 713-221-8651.
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.