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Officers spend time with North Downtown Neighborhood Association residents

September 20, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Fall is still a few days away, but that didn't stop one Charlottesville neighborhood from holding their Annual Fall Picnic

Every Autumn the North Downtown Neighborhood Residence Association, or NDRA, hold an event promoting the community.

This year they celebrated togetherness at McGuffy Park. The picnic featured a buffet, music, a jump house, face painting and much more.

In addition to activities, the Charlottesville Police Department and Charlottesville Fire Department stopped by to spend time with the residents they serve.

The picnic organizer says it's important to have events like these to get to know your neighbors.

"It draws a sense of community and also just kind of draws a sense of safety that we all are more aware of who each other is and see familiar faces and also are aware when there are unfamiliar faces." said Heather Hill, of the NDRA, "Additionally, we have some of the officers on the police force that are responsible for our neighborhood to come around and get to know the neighbors a little further."

A few city officials also spent time at the event to learn about community concerns directly from the North Downtown residents.

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I want to thank you and the other individuals who organized [the Appreciation Dinner]. Often, the men and women who serve this community fail to receive the recognition and praise they so well deserve. They are local heroes and should be reminded that their service to this community is appreciated by the individuals they protect and serve.

—Family Member of CPD Officer