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'National Night Out' Police Event Draws Crowd in Crozet

August 6, 2013

'National Night Out' drew a crowd to Crozet's Old Trail Village Tuesday evening.

That's where the Albemarle County Police Department held the annual event, with the goal of promoting partnerships between the police and community, preventing crime and helping neighbors get to know each other.

"The more we can get out and show the community that we're just people like they are, the better," said crime prevention specialist Andrew Gluba.

Gluba says, when it comes to keeping the community safe, police are only part of the equation.

"We need them to be the eyes and ears. We're the hands and feet. So, we all kind of need to work together to try to bring the community together, bring more of a sense of community together," said Gluba.

The event featured kids fishing with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, demonstrations by the ACPD dive team and motor unit, an up-close look at the work of police K-9s and a DUI and texting while driving simulator, among other activities.

Previous events have brought out as many as 500 people. Organizers say they expect Tuesday's local 'National Night Out' to top that.

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