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Nogales Night Out strengthens bond between officers and residents

If you wear a badge anywhere near Nogales, you were on duty Monday night
Posted at 10:33 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 01:33:12-04

NOGALES, Ariz. — If you wear a badge anywhere near Nogales, you were on duty Monday night.

The assignment, meet the people you're keeping safe.

"We had public safety in general here so that's what we're all about," Nogales Police Chief, Roy Bermudez said.

From the outside, Nogales Night Out might seem like the place to get a snack, play some games or have a light-hearted chat with an officer, but for Bermudez the humble event means so much more to him and his officers.

"As much as it hurts, we need to move forward and I think this is what you're seeing behind me, that's what Nogales is about."

Bermudez added, "ever since that incident happened with Officer Cordova, understand that just because it's a small community, it can also happen to us."

Jesus Cordova's widow, Alyssa Cordova, took her family to the event, a testament to the bond they share with the department.

Her family's sacrifice, affirmed the bonds they share with the department and the residents of Nogales.

"We're one close big family, she's part of us, we're part her and that's the way it's going to be forever," Bermudez said.

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