Local police departments had a night out with county residents.
National Night Out (NNO) was held throughout Prince William County, the Town of Dumfries, and the City of Manassas on Tuesday evening.
The annual event allows members of the public to thank police officers for their work in the communities.
“This is an effort to get to know the communities and thank people for their … Neighborhood Watch services,” Supervisor Ruth Anderson said.
It served as a celebration, as well.
“Our police department and our chief has made it a mission to be involved in the community each and every day, going to businesses, riding their bikes in the neighborhoods, out — being very visible,” Dumfries Mayor Derrick Wood. “So, this is just a day that we come once a year to just celebrate you and the community.”
Attendees of NNO events also included Supervisors John Jenkins and Corey Stewart, Manassas City Councilman Ian Lovejoy, Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD) Chief Barry Barnard, and Central District Police Station Captain James Carr.
Barnard emphasized the importance of community members collaborating with the agency.
“All the officers, all the staff, everybody in the police department work so hard every day and we know that we continue to build that trust with you and have that great relationship. And here on National Night Out, that just is a testament to how strong and important having partnerships are here in the community,” Barnard said. “Working together is what keeps Prince William County safe.”
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