Harrisonburg Police Department celebrates National Night Out

Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 8:30 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - On Tuesday night, police departments across the country celebrated National Night Out, an event that builds connections between officers and local communities.

Harrisonburg Police Department organized a “Community Convoy” that ran through Friendly City, with four stops in local neighborhoods. Officers were accompanied by city officials and other key stakeholders. The officials solicited feedback in informal settings that included cookouts, ice cream socials, and bouncy houses.

“This an opportunity for us to reconnect with the community without an agenda,” said Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner. “This is a chance for us to get to know one another a little better.”

Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed was also in attendance and emphasized the importance of building relationships with residents in the Friendly City.

“This is a free block of time to spend with people in our community,” said Reed. “It’s one of my favorite events and it’s always a great time.”

The convoy started at John Wesley Methodist Church before stopping at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and the Valley Muslim Community Foundation at Dukes Plaza. The event ended at Mosby Court.

The officials welcomed all residents to ask questions and share ideas on ways to improve the city of Harrisonburg. According to Sergeant John Hancock, this event allowed officers to have meaningful conversations with the people they serve while learning about the community experience.

“It’s really important that we help develop transparency, communication, and trust,” said Hancock. “It’s important to really connect with our communities.”

Other local police departments spent time in the community as well. The Bridgewater Police Department was at Smiley’s Ice Cream from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Strasburg Police Department was at Strasburg Town Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Timberville Police and Volunteer Fire Department was at American Legion Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. while the Stanley Police Department was at Hawksbill Pool from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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