National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police community partnerships and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. There is a change for this year’s event. It will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aug. 6 at Veterans Park and not Meherrin River Park.
“It brings the community together in a positive manner so you find out that the people behind the badge are actual human beings,” said Officer Valerie Rodriquez of the Emporia Police Department.
Rodriquez is one of the helping hands in helping to organize the annual event, which started in 1984. It is targeted at informing communities about anti-crime, drug prevention and other police programs. Local law enforcement and the community will join other communities across the United States in celebration of the annual National Night
This gives local law enforcement a chance to interact with the community in an atmosphere of smiling, laughing and breaking bread with people.
There will be free food, drinks, prizes, and lots of activities including UTV rides and parents versus kids a game of tug of war.
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” Rodriquez said.