August 5, 2014
The Albemarle County Police Department held National Night Out on Tuesday.
Hundreds came out to the annual event, this year at Darden Towe Park on Pantops mountain.
The free evening included activities such as fishing, a bike rodeo with free helmets, a burn demonstration, and many more. All the activities aimed to teach kids and adults safety, prevent crime, and promote positive police-community relationships.
"Kids learn a variety of things while they're here. They learn bicycle safety, they learn how to stay away from strangers, they learn what to do if they encounter a stranger or suspicious activity. Kids learn about how police officers work and what we do for a living. And it's just a good time for people to get out and meet their police officers," said Colonel Steve Sellers, Albemarle County Police Chief.
Night Out attendees Kiera and Dakota wore free toy fire hats they received as part of the night while they stood for the burn demonstration put on by Albemarle County Fire and Rescue.
"It's fun. We're gonna see fire. And lots of police," said Dakota. "And firetrucks."
"And firetrucks!" repeated Kiera.
Firefighters set fire to two model homes, one with a sprinkler system and one without, to show the effectiveness of sprinklers.
The Albemarle County Police Department partnered with Albemarle County Parks and Rec and the county Fire and Rescue department to put on Night Out.
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