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Adam Moorman stood near a mock crime scene on Aug. 6 watching his children, Ryker and Cambria, search for evidence alongside a local law enforcement officer.
Around him were crowds of people mingling with Castle Rock Police Department personnel, looking at equipment on display, crawling in and out of SWAT vehicles and learning about the role of law enforcement.
The event, National Night Out, is a meaningful one for Moorman. Although he attended in civilian clothes and in the role of dad, he's also a sergeant in the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. National Night Out provides a unique opportunity to meet community members, not while responding to an emergency, he said, but in a light-hearted setting.
“It's just a way for us to get out and connect with the community,” he said. “We don't typically get to go out and just talk.”
National Night Out is an annual, nationwide event that aims to forge relationships between the community and local law enforcement. It takes place the first Tuesday in August and can include community block parties, parades, cookouts and festivals.
Kristen Dunkum said the event is a favorite of her sons, 7-year-old Owen and 4-year-old Silas. The boys said they like getting giveaways from the various stands and talking to officers about their job.
“If a burglar is in a car, they use their police car and zoom for them,” Owen said excitedly.
Kristen said the event provides “a real connection” between police and community members, including her children.
“It makes the kids not scared of them,” she said. “This is our third year here and they love to meet the police officers.”
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