National Night Out returns

Youth listen to a story on Chamber Street during National Night Out in 2019. The event returns this year after skipping 2020 due to COVID-19.

Police officers across the nation will turn out to interact with community members Aug. 3 as part of National Night Out. The City of Bradford Police department will have officers available from 5 to 8 p.m. on Chamber Street to interact with community members as part of the event.

“National Night Out is an outreach event for us to interact with both children and adults. I want our community to know our officers personally, as it makes it much easier for them to feel comfortable with each other and we want everyone to know the Police have a vested interest in making the community better also,” Bradford Police Chief Mike Ward said. “This is a perfect event to bring children too and have them interact with Police one on one. The goal of this event is really to promote positive community interaction between law enforcement and the citizens.”

Per the release from the nationwide organization, “National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.”

It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas and select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday in October).

Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

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