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National Night Out Introduces Public to Emergency Officials

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BRIDGEPORT -

National Night Out is held the first Tuesday of August every year. It involves lots of fun, but one of the main ideas is to get the public comfortable with emergency officials.

For 30 years National Night Out has been celebrated all across the country. It's now a major event, but when it started it was very simple.

"It began as a program where neighbors got together, and turned on their porch light and they got together in the neighborhood. They had a neighborhood watch type meeting and police officers would join them," said Chief John Walker of the Bridgeport Police Department.

National Night out now involves almost 15,000 communities all across the United States and Canada.

Bridgeport's event involved free food, free admission to the pool, and police dog demonstrations.

Chief Walker said the event is a great way to meet the public.

"It's to build a rapport with the community. They are our eyes and ears; we have to depend on them to tell us what's abnormal in their neighborhood. This goes a long way towards accomplishing that goal," Walker said.

One thing that was a little different and attracted a large crowd was a fake deer with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, which served a big purpose for the DNR.

"It's to introduce the public to wildlife, and also introduces them to what we do. We have a lot of rule changes with hunting and fishing so it's one of those things we want to get out to the public all those new changes and it's a question and answer kind of thing," said Ben Riley, of the DNR.

National Night Out was also held in Clarksburg, Salem, Buckhannon, and more cities in our area.

For more information on National Night Out visit this website.