CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville police officers and community members are coming together and putting aside their differences in the name of unity. On Tuesday night, the Charlottesville Police Department hosted its third annual Charlottesville Night Out celebration.

The family-friendly event offered something for everyone from free food and music to a bounce house for kids, and an opportunity for adults to meet and speak with the real men and women behind the badge.

“The officers are part of the community, and the community is part of who we are, what we’re doing, we’re all one when it comes to serving the city and being part of the city,” said Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney.

The police department teamed up with the Charlottesville Police Foundation to host the event. It was free for all to attend thanks in part to funding from Wells Fargo and The Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band.