The Robstown Police Department is inviting the community to attend a rally on Tuesday in order to kick off Crime Prevention Month.

Lt. Gilbert Gomez said the event will be the first of eight to take place in October. The goal is to give residents a chance to voice any concerns they may have, while at the same time providing officers the opportunity to provide information to the public about being vigilant against criminal activity.

“Hopefully, we can help prevent (a crime) from happening in the first place, but everybody can do a little prevention at home,” Gomez said.

Tuesday’s rally will be held at Centennial Plaza in Robstown, located in the 500 block of Main Ave.

This is the third year for the rallies to be held in Robstown, and the department is hoping they improve the relationship between the public and police officers, Gomez said. Past events have generated a good turnout, but the department is hoping this year’s attendance is better, he added.

“We’ve gotten a good response from the people,” Gomez said. “This time we want to concentrate on any problems in their neighborhoods.”

Among the topics to be discussed at Tuesday’s event are rising issues with graffiti in and around the city, as well as talking with parents about the city’s curfew. Gomez said parents may not be aware that the city has a curfew in place that does not allow youth under the age of 18 to be out after 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, while Friday and Saturday ups that time to 11:30 p.m.

The only exceptions are if a student is participating in a school function, Gomez said.

Free food and drinks will be provided at the rally for those who attend, and prizes will be given away, as well, he added.

Those wishing to volunteer in organizing future events may call Gilbert Gomez or Gonzalo Jimenez at the Robstown Police Department at (361) 387-3531.