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Police announce community game in lieu of National Night Out

The annual August public affair exercise was canceled over coronavirus concerns.

As public health concerns around the coronavirus cancel events arouond the country, the Juneau Police Department is adapting with its community relations.

“National Night Out won’t be occurring this year due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so JPD wanted to try and do something a little bit differently. We came up with a fun little game the community can participate in that has an emphasis on neighborhood safety,” said JPD Lt. Krag Campbell in a press release. “Even better, we’ve got prizes.”

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JPD is holding a photo bingo contest, with public safety categories on the board like “Selfie of your household wearing masks,” “Photo of a lock in your house you know you should use regularly,” or “Photo of your 2020 dog license.”

Participants will submit photos online once they have a full column, row, or diagonal on the JPD’s website by Nov.3. Two winners will be selected: one with a complete line of five, and one picked deliberately who has the most creative submissions in a line of five.

“We were looking at some alternatives to National Night Out and one of our staff members came up with the idea,” Campbell said in an email “I think we may look at releasing some of the photos or doing a collage when this is all over with.”

The JPD is currently selecting its judges from JPD staff, Campbell said.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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