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Arlington Police to celebrate National Night Out

National Night Out is a national community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships

ARLINGTON, Va. — It’s no secret relations between police and the community have been strained for a while. On Tuesday night, officers across the nation are trying one approach to help with that.

TOP STORY: National Night Out seeks to build relationship between police, communities

National Night Out is happening in Arlington and other areas across the DMV. People will have the opportunity to meet the officers protecting and serving in their community. Neighbors can expect a chance to address any concerns they have in person.

This is the first in-person National Night Out since the pandemic began. The county hasn't had a chance to connect with people in person in this way since 2019.

National Night Out is a national community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships on the first Tuesday in August.

Here are the events scheduled around the county:

  • The Arlington, A Condominium
    2733 S. Walter Reed Drive
    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Arlington County Office of Voter Registration & Elections
    Ranked Choice Voting Mock Election
    2100 Clarendon Boulevard
    2pm – 4pm & 5pm – 7pm
  • Arlington Village Community Engagement Committee
    1400 S. Edgewood Street
    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Dominion Hills Civic Association
    1060 N. Liberty Street
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Green Valley Civic Association
    3500 23rd Street S.
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Lyon Village Citizens Association
    1800 N. Highland Street
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • National Landing BID, Crystal City Civic Association, Arlington Ridge Civic Association, & Aurora Highlands Civic Association
    101 12th Street S.
    5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Starbucks in Arlington Heights
    4526 Lee Highway
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Starbucks in Clarendon
    2690 Clarendon Boulevard
    5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Starbucks in Courthouse
    2200 Clarendon Boulevard
    5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Starbucks in Penrose
    2413 Columbia Pike
    5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • 1st Street S. Neighbors
    4420 1st Street S.
    5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • 4900 N. 14th Street Neighbors
    4903 14th Street N.
    5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Arlington Police said this is the best way for people to meet officers before they need their services in an informal setting. It’s also a chance to talk about crime prevention measures.

"One of the common concerns that we see when it relates to crime in Arlington is larceny from auto theft. We do have a 9:00 p.m. routine that we participate in really encouraging the public to take those steps to make sure their property is secured, so locking their doors, checking on them, as well as traffic safety concerns. Really, traffic safety concerns impact everybody and transportation safety is something that connects all of us," Ashley Savage, the Public Information Officer for Arlington County Police, said. 

During the event, residents in neighborhoods throughout Arlington County and across the nation are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and other County personnel.

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