National Night Out brings police, community together

National Night Out brings police, community together
NBC12 personalities were out and about to mingle with members of the community and law enforcement.

(WWBT) - Across the country, police and fire departments held events for National Night Out Against Crime in an effort to improve relationships with the community.

In the Richmond area, dozens of events were held with police and government officials.

"It's important people see us not just as firefighters or public service, but as part of the community – friendly faces," a Henrico firefighter said.

Gov. Ralph Northam was at Richmond Raceway for some fellowship and to knock a little bit of the rust off his jump shot.

Police K-9s, both real and costumed, came out in Chesterfield County, and Captain America even made an appearance.

Barbecue, bounce houses and face paint were just some of the attractions across the area.

Police also set up a drunken driving simulator to show people the dangers of driving impaired.

NBC12 anchor Karla Redditte got behind the virtual reality wheel. After driving on the wrong side of the road, she was issued a "DUI."

But don't worry about Karla. She'll be "sobered up" in time for the 11 p.m. news.

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