Community Celebrates National Night Out

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Charles Henley is spending time with his family in his own backyard.

"Everybody is in good spirits, everybody is having a good time," he said.

Henley is at the National Night Out at the Lucy Simms Center in Harrisonburg.

The nationwide event aims to prevent crime and drugs in neighborhoods.

The Simms Center is one of the six areas safety and law enforcement visited Tuesday night.

Harrisonburg Community Resource Officer Rachel Hammer said they are informing people about preventing crime and teaching people how to avoid becoming a victim.

"It takes a community to police a community and that's what this night is all about," said Hammer.

Hammer said they hope to build police and community partnerships.

"It helps us because if we know people in the neighborhood then we have eyes out there and we have people that are going to tell us when things are different than they're supposed to be. It makes it good for us and it gives us allies in the community.".

For Henley, it's important he and his family know the officers personally.

"It really means a lot to me to have the kids out here to meet the officers so they can have a familiar face. You never know when you're going to run into that officer again so you're not so scared when you see him," said Henley.

Hammer said National Night Out also hopes to bring the community together.

This was the 29th annual National Night Out.

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