Local police departments to host ‘National Night Out’

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Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 10:35 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 6:40 AM EDT
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ESSEX, Vt. (WCAX) - Police departments all across our region are hosting National Night Out Tuesday.

The main goal is to create a fun space for members of the community to meet first responders and law enforcement.

Essex Police Corporal John Ruttenberg helped organize the event in Essex. H says creating these relationships is essential to making public safety work in the community. “We want to have trust of the community, we want to build trust, and the only way we can do that is if we talk to each other. The only way we’re going to talk to each other, generally, is if we meet each other on a non-enforcement kind of event, and that’s what this sort of event is for,” he said.

The Essex Police last week apologized for their response to a racially charged fight that ended with the mistaken arrest of a local Black man. The chief said the incident had damaged some of that community trust they have worked to build. The Essex event will take place at the high school from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Other “Night Out” events are happening in Claremont, New Hampshire, on Maple Avenue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Meadow Street Park in Rutland and at Taylor Park in St. Albans from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Milton will have free food, games, live music and a dunk tank at Bombardier Park West.

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