NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities and members of the community came together in an effort to promote safer neighborhoods around the country.
Nashville was just one of many cities across the U.S. participating in National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday evening.
The annual event started back in 1984 as a way to promote involvement in the community. Organizers hope to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are prepared and willing to fight back against crime.
“We really need the eyes and ears of the community to watch out for one another and then the important thing is that we've built a trust with the community where they feel like they can call us with information and we'll do something about it,” said Commander David Umhof.
One of the larger events in the city took place from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Isaac Litton Park in the Inglewood community. Organizers spent most of the day setting up and expected around 200 people.
The East Police Precinct has seen a 40 percent reduction in residential burglaries in 2014, alone, and they attributed that in part to the community involvement.
At the Antioch Night Out part of the goal was to make police officers more approachable.
"If we work together in unity as one within the community it makes the community much safer and allows us to do our job better," said Officer Gilbert Ramirez, who heads up Metro Police's El Protector program.
The National Night Out Against Crime involves nearly 38 million people across the country.
More locations for National Night Out Against Crime:
- Isaac Litton Middle School at 5:30 p.m.
- Baxter Heights, 3728 Hilltop Lane at 6:30 p.m.
- James A. Cayce Homes, S 8th at 5 p.m.
- Gra-Mar Middle School, 575 Joyce Lane at 6:30 p.m.
- “Women of Worth” event on McFerrin Avenue near Seymour Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
- Antioch event, 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway