National Night Out celebrated on the first Tuesday in August

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.

The Grand Junction Police Department was established more than a century ago, but the goal remains the same. Officer Brett Boyer with the GJPD says, “Every day you get to do something that might make just a tiny bit of difference in somebody’s life, and I think that’s pretty important and pretty special that we get to do that.”

Since 1984, National Night Out has been celebrated the first Tuesday in August across thousands of communities from all fifty states and it could be celebrated in your neighborhood this August 3rd.

Officer Boyer has been serving the community for close to a decade and a decades old nation-wide initiative aims to enhance the relationship between the community and the people who risk their lives to protect it. “We always have a lot of fun doing it. We meet a lot of good people, and we always get asked tough, challenging questions that make us better police officers,” said Boyer.

During National Night Out you get a chance to meet those who serve and protect you, and ask questions, make comments, or address concerns. But, you don’t have to go to the police station to do it. They come to you. Grand Junction Mayor, Chuck McDaniel says, “Police and citizens can get to know each other on a personal basis, a human basis, and know the people wearing the uniform are citizens and humans as well.”

The person wearing the badge policing with honor and distinction is your neighbor too, and ready to celebrate the best night out after the worst pandemic in a century put the bars on the last bash. “We were hoping this year we would have an even bigger event and have a lot of fun. I think I have close to 30 volunteers here at the police department that are willing to come out next Tuesday. So, we’re pretty excited about it.,” said Officer Boyer.

Just one more way these officers are serving the city they love, but it takes a village and you can do your part to make our neighborhoods better, safer, and keep our city the best place to live. Register your neighborhood by clicking here.

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