On the first Tuesday of October each year, usually more than 100 neighborhoods across Longview gather for National Night Out, but 2020’s local event has been canceled due to the risk associated with COVID-19.
The City of Longview is asking neighborhoods to forego their regular parties and instead connect with neighbors in other ways this year. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safe, more caring places to live.
Neighbors are encouraged to stay connected to one another through phone calls, social media, or socially-distanced in-person opportunities. Neighbors are also encouraged to consider doing acts of service for others, whether that is assisting an elderly neighbor with yard work or preparing a meal for the family next door.
“Our police department always look forward to National Night Out as an opportunity to make connections with the residents of Longview, but we felt it wouldn’t be prudent to host the event as normal this year due to the health risks when gathering in large groups.” said Police Chief Mike Bishop. “We still encourage neighbors to find other ways to communicate and connect with each other and with your police area representative as we all work together to build a great community.”