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Police Inviting Community to Join in Charlottesville Night Out at Ix Art Park

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Charlottesville police holding a National Night Out event in Tonsler Park (FILE IMAGE) Charlottesville police holding a National Night Out event in Tonsler Park (FILE IMAGE)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Police departments across the country will host National Night Out events Tuesday evening to promote police-community relationships and make our neighborhoods safer.

That includes the Charlottesville Police Department (CPD) and Police Foundation, which will host the 2nd annual Charlottesville Night Out celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Ix Art Park Tuesday, August 7.

This year, CPD coined the phrase, "one night, one community." Officers say this is an opportunity for them to get to know more people in the community they serve and for people to get to know the men and women in blue.

"This is a great time to really come together and show not only the community but the world what Charlottesville's all about; working together with one another, forming partnerships and relationships with our community members, and our resources in other public agencies to work on quality of life issues that we can hopefully sustain from present to the future," said CPD Sgt. Bobby Haney.

Tuesday's event will feature face painters for kids, a live DJ, a bounce house, and a dunk tank to dunk some of your favorite police officers. There will also be plenty of free food thanks to several Charlottesville restaurants.

Police hope the event will help create a healthier environment for people not only in Charlottesville, but in the surrounding communities.

There are also several other National Night Out events taking place throughout the area, including one in Waynesboro at the Target on Town Center Drive.