Cañon City Police Department awarded for National Night Out efforts

Harleigh Burkman, 6, and Dakota Burkman, 8, play a game Tuesday at Cañon City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime. (Sarah Rose/ Canon City Daily Record)

For the second consecutive year, the Cañon City Police Department was named a winner for its "outstanding participation" in the 32nd annual National Night Out, which promotes community building through partnerships between police and neighborhoods, according to a department news release Tuesday.

Out of 161 national winners, Cañon City is the only police department in Colorado to receive an award. The department got the nod in the category for cities with a population between 15,000 and 50,000.

The August event attracted 38.3 million people in 16,728 communities nationwide. In the news release, Cañon City police did not say how many participated in its event.

"This is an incredible honor," Cañon City police chief Paul Schultz said in a statement. "The turnout at this year's (National Night Out) is a clear recognition that community policing is working in Cañon City."



Chhun Sun is The Gazette's morning breaking news reporter. A Thailand-born Cambodian-American, he joined The Gazette's staff in April 2015 — covering everything from public safety to sports and outdoors to local/state politics.

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