Bellaire PD celebrates National Night Out with socially distant car parade

National Night Out is usually an informal event that allows residents to connect with their neighborhood patrol officers in person.

However, COVID-19 has forced entities across the country to change their plans. In Texas, National Night Out was moved to the first Tuesday in October. It is normally celebrated in August.

Bellaire celebrated National Night Out by hosting a car parade on Tuesday.

The event allowed the Bellaire Police Department to celebrate the event while practicing social distancing. As the city of Bellaire continues to get through the pandemic without any reported COVID-19 deaths, Bellaire PD still isn’t taking any chances.

“Unfortunately, there’s not much going on right now,” said Bellaire PD’s Community Resource Officer John Edwards. “We’re not trying to go out there and (spread the virus).”

National Night Out is usually meant to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement but this year, as the city events are at a standstill, residents only waved as officers safely rode past.

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