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Families headed to Wallace Park in Sterling on Tuesday to play some games, get some backpacks, and spend time with local police during a National Night Out event. Gatherings like the one in Sterling are part of a nationwide community-building campaign held annually the first Tuesday in August. The events are designed to help promote neighborhood camaraderie as well as build better relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Sterling’s Night Out was one of thousands held in all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases around the world. Activities varied from place to place, but many of them featured block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more. Go to natw.org/ for more information