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Neighborhoods around county join national community policing event on Aug. 1 despite heat

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - Officer Travis White of the Woodburn Police Department chats with residents attending the National Night Out block party on Grant Street. The event aims to promote police-community partnerships.
Over 500 Woodburn residents in 25 neighborhoods participated in National Night Out on the evening of Aug. 1.

The event aims to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie with organized block parties.

Neighborhoods host the parties and can choose to be visited by members of local law enforcement agencies.

Often, the law enforcement agencies give presentations at the block parties that explain crime prevention techniques and allow community members to ask questions, discuss concerns and get to know the officers.

National Night Out events were also hosted in Gervais, Hubbard and Mount Angel.

Some Woodburn block parties had lower attendance than usual because of the heat: On Aug. 1, the daily high was 101 degrees and the temperature remained above 90 degrees until about 8 p.m.

That included the block party at Hoodview Church of God, which Associate Pastor Steve Kufeldt said drew about 200 attendees last year. This year, about 50 attended.

Kufeldt still said the event was successful.

"It's a great idea. We want to be good neighbors, and it's a way for us to get to know our neighbors," he said.

Det. Craig Halupowski, the Woodburn police officer who registered the block parties, expressed his gratitude in an email to "the community for participating and the continued support from the Woodburn Police Department to our citizens."

Julia Comnes can be reached at 503-765-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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