Law enforcement hold virtual ‘National Night Out’ events Tuesday night in Hampton Roads

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Cities across Hampton Roads celebrated “National Night Out” on Tuesday night — albeit a lot different than they usually do.

The nationwide community-building law enforcement campaign shines a light on promoting safe and caring neighborhoods.

Typically, police and sheriff’s departments across the region join in to put on large in-person events the first Tuesday in August.

However, this year things looked different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Departments went virtual.

For its 37th annual National Night Out, Hampton Police encouraged residents to turn on their porch lights to show their support. The department said some communities also planned neighborhood flashlight walks and drive-by parades Tuesday evening.

The Newport News Police Department is hosting a virtual NNO event this year, via Facebook Live.

Williamsburg Police Department put up several videos showing off new community initiatives as well as tools officers and detectives use each day.

CORRECTION: In the original version of this story details about a National Night Out event was referenced that had been canceled ahead of time. The same details were also broadcast on WAVY-TV. We regret the error.

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