NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — “I’m excited about the overall relationship building that’s going to occur tonight,” said Norfolk Police Sgt. Aprell Copeland.
National Night Out serves a specific purpose in communities across the U.S., including right in Norfolk
It’s a chance to create a bond between law enforcement and neighbors in the community. Even Batman and Robin showed up to Tuesday night’s event to show support!
Sgt Copeleand calls it Norfolk’s biggest civic party with a purpose.
And neighbors agree.
“It’s a big time for the community to come together with the police department and we can see we’re all just people just having fun,” said Broad Creek Civic League president Stella Council.
Council says she started planning for it in January, and continued to send out letters to make sure there was enough for the community to do.
“We have trackless train for the kiddies, we have a carousel,” Council said.
It was also a pretty hot day, but there was lots of refreshments and food to keep the fun going.
Even with the fun and games, the message behind the movement was clear
“We want to get to know our officers and our residents to be comfortable with them and for them to be comfortable with us,” Council said.