Police agencies all over the U.S. spend all year connecting with their communities.

But on one special night each year, they join together with those communities for a night of fun, fellowship and bridge-building.

National Night Out has been in existence for more than 30 years, according to the national organization’s website. Everywhere but Texas it’s celebrated the first Tuesday night in August. Texas does its events the first Tuesday in October.

At Gridley’s event, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Storne Jr. was on hand visiting with residents and other fellow officers and first responders.

Stone, the son of late longtime Gridley Police Chief Jack Storne, said he enjoys these events.

“It’s great to get out and talk to people,” Storne said.0810 GH National Night Out1

Children line up for free goodies at the National Night Out event at Vierra Park in Gridley Tuesday night. (Photo by David Vantress)

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Backpacks for Biggs United Methodist Church’s backpack giveaway are lined up on a fence at the city’s annual National Night Out event Tuesday night.

(Photo by David Vantress)

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Gridley-Biggs Police Officer Tyler Johnson is all smiles as he connects with the community at the National Night Out event at Vierra Park in Gridley Tuesday night.

(Photo by David Vantress)