Officials prepping for Back the Blue event

Officials prepping for Back the Blue event

MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - On Thursday, officials from Midland and Odessa gathered at Rock the Desert for a meeting as they went over the game plan for the Back the Blue block party.

Organizers expect thousands to attend and they said for an event like this, it takes a lot to pull it off.

Sgt. Caleb Lacey of the Odessa Police Department said, "Lots of networking, we've got multiple agencies, multiple businesses that have stepped up and agreed to sponsor some of the events. We've had food and all kinds of equipment donated for this event."

During the meeting, everyone crossed their T's and dotted their I's and went over everything from food, to the musical acts set to perform and the amount of space needed for the car show. Sgt. Lacy said they are doing this to show residents of the Permian Basin a good time.

"We asked that they bring their families and kids. We're going to have jumpers and activities for the kids to do. We're also going to have some of the specialty law enforcement vehicles out here. Right now were in the process of trying to get the DPS helicopters to come and do a tactical landing," said Lacy.

At the end of the day, Sgt. Lacey added this event not only helps the officers in Dallas but he hopes it will also help strengthens the bond with the community.

"We want people to be able to trust us. We're here to help people make our community safer and really make this a better place to live here in the Permian Basin," said Lacey.

The block party is on October 1st at Rock the Desert in Midland and is free to get in.

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