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The local U.S. Army recruitment office helped with activities at the Columbia Park celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).

After COVID put a stop to the city-wide block party last year, neighbors united once more Tuesday evening for the return of the annual National Night Out celebration. 

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National Night Out is a national movement designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Neighborhoods all across Turlock participated in the annual National Night Out celebration, with 29 of them registering their parties with the Turlock Police Department and earning a visit from community leaders, public safety officials, law enforcement and firefighters. 

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At Columbia Park, the Turlock Police Activities League helped out with the fun (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).

At Columbia Park, the local U.S. Army recruitment office, Turlock Police Activities League, Turlock Irrigation District and other local organizations gathered to provide an evening of fun for youth on the westside during National Night Out. 

According to TPD, about 1,600 Turlock citizens participated and received visits this year and the city was one of 377 municipalities celebrating in California. Nationwide, 16,000 other communities were able to connect once more after a year indoors.