Wenatchee Valley citizens and law enforcement celebrate National Night Out

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Residents and law enforcement around the Wenatchee Valley gathered last night at the Eastmont Community Park for National Night Out.

Despite it being the hottest day of the year so far, citizens still came out in full swing for the evening event.

The night, celebrated on the first Tuesday of every August, is dedicated to enhancing the relationship between citizens and law enforcement in the community.

Citizens from around the valley were encouraged to come and interact with off-duty law enforcement and emergency personnel in an open and inviting setting that most people normally don’t get to have.

Event organizer Norma Gallegos says the event is extremely important not just to her, but to the community as well.

“I like to gather all communities regardless of background especially those have not had the chance to interact with an officer in a positive way,” said Gallegos.

Also on display for the public at the event was a police dog demonstration from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office where a fellow officer was tracked down and attacked by a K9.

A question and answer forum was also held at the event where community members could ask different lead law enforcement personnel questions in regards to the valley.

East Wenatchee mayor Steve Lacy told NCWLIFE how National Night Out is one of the most positive events done in the community for all involved.

“This is a great opportunity to acknowledge all the law enforcement personnel and everyone who contributes to our valley and show that they are benefactors to our valley,” Lacy said.

The 35th anniversary of the event was celebrated not only in the Wenatchee valley, but around the world as well.