Durham Tech Campus Police and Public Safety officers were all smiles at National Night Out on Wednesday.
The college was well-represented with several members of the department, as well as representatives from the Center for College and Community Service, College and Career Readiness, and Student Development and Support. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer.
Durham had at least three National Night Out sites on Wednesday, one of which was McDougald Terrace. Streets in the area were filled with residents, officers, patrol and emergency vehicles, and the smell of sizzling burgers.
Durham Tech Police Chief Dawn Tevepaugh said the community asked that a National Night Out event be held at McDougald Terrace as a way to deter crime and build relationships between officers and community members.
“For us, it’s important because we have students who live in this community and who drive through this community,” Tevepaugh said. “The community asked us to come here this year and we wanted to show them our support and our unity.”