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National Night Out Aims to Strengthen Police-Community Relationship

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Kids got to try out some life-saving equipment Kids got to try out some life-saving equipment
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Across the commonwealth, people are coming out to build better relationships with law enforcement as part of National Night Out.

On Tuesday, August 7, dozens of people got together at IX Art Park to share food, drinks, and fun activities, like a dunk tank and bounce maze.

Police say this event helps to engage all neighborhoods and improve relationships between the community and law enforcement.

“I was asked ‘how do we get past last summer?’” says Robert Haney, a sergeant with CPD. “How do we get past last summer? Together. That's how we get past last summer. It’s a community effort, it’s not just the police department, it’s not just the fire department, but it takes all of us in the community.”

Charlottesville Night Out is hosted by the Charlottesville Police Foundation. The nonprofit helps provide police with tools, training, and outreach assistance.

Over in the valley, people gathered at the Target parking lot in Waynesboro to talk to a variety of rescue and service workers.

Kids got a chance to meet the people who help them, while also getting to see and try out some of the equipment that's used to save lives.

The event was hosted by Target, the Staunton and Waynesboro police departments, and the Augusta County Sheriff's Office.

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