People throughout the Valley gathered on Tuesday night with law enforcement at several separate events. The gatherings were part of National Night Out, a crime prevention tool.
The idea is to form community-police partnerships in order to make neighborhoods safer. The largest local gathering took place at Las Vegas' Desert Breeze Park.
Young and old interacted with police, getting a close look at what it takes to protect and serve.
"It's not just a one-night event. This kind of relationship has to be on a daily basis, and that's what you strive to do as a police department," Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.
Police from all over the Valley saw the events as an opportunity for community bonding.
"What can you do for your neighborhood? (You can be) another set of eyes for the police department because I think what the community needs to know is crime is a community problem, not just a police problem," Michael Metzger with the Henderson Police Department said.
While some came out for the fun and activities, others walked away with a newfound respect for law enforcement.
"I think it's great that people can become involved with their community. People sit back and armchair quarterback what's going on out there, but they really don't know what's going on," attendee Carol Novelt said.
Last year, more than 37 million people across the country took part in the event. Now in its 29th year, police agencies may move National Night Out to the cooler month of October next year.
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