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On Tuesday, August 1st, the Camden County Police Department joined police departments across that nation in celebrating 40 years of the National Night Out community-building campaign.

National Night Out was introduced in August 1984 through an established network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and volunteers across the nation. With “Unity Policing” at the core of the Camden County Police Department’s mission, events such as National Night Out help our department continue to build relationships with our residents, the people we serve.

Camden County Police Department officers took part in National Night Out festivities at five locations across the city: Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, Seeds of Hope Ministries, Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, Farnham Park and Staley Park.

“We want to have everyone in our department, from the command staff to our newest officers building relationships with residents so they know that we’re not only here to protect and serve, but to address whatever concerns they may have in their neighborhoods,” said Chief Gabriel Rodriguez. We are proud to continue this legacy of bridging the gap between police and the community.

Written by Juan Walker