Richmond Police Department going virtual for National Night Out

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Richmond Police Department going virtual for National Night Out
A scene from National Night Out in Richmond in 2018. (Photo by Mike Kinney)

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Police Department (RPD) is taking National Night Out virtual this year and local community members are invited to join in the online fun.

Originally celebrated each August, this year’s National Night Out has gone virtual due to—you guessed it—the COVID-19 pandemic. The RPD will host its virtual event Sat., Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. on Zoom.

“We missed connecting with you all in person due to COVID and we have decided to recreate the experience virtually…We’re planning a great event with some entertainment, connection and fun,” said RPD organizers in a statement.

Various Richmond neighborhood councils and Neighborhood Watch Groups are expected to be providing “shout-outs” during the online event.

National Night Out is a nationwide campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to build connections that ultimately help create safer neighborhoods.

To register for the RPD’s Virtual National Night Out, click here.

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