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National Night Out in Greensboro, encouraging community engagement

The annual community-building campaign focuses on bridging the gap between the public and law enforcement.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — National Night Out will take place this Tuesday.

The annual community-building campaign focuses on bridging the gap between the public and law enforcement.

According to the City of Greensboro, the city has almost 120 sites where residents, public safety, and elected officials will participate.

The campaign involves local police officers, firefighters, and elected officials, all who are able to connect with residents through cookouts and block parties.

“Starting in April, neighborhood leaders and groups started registering event sites for their communities,” the city wrote in a news release.

Law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, and other organizations introduced the campaign back in August 1984.

The executive director of Randleman Road community association, James Basnight said events like National Night Out are extremely helpful and important.

"I think it is working, it gives the community an opportunity to see our police, law enforcement, and city staff operate on a friendly basis, it's not just all business," Basnight said. "It gives us an opportunity to communicate with one another on a civil level."

The Randleman Road community association started in 2017.

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