In Chicago, and all across the country tonight, police departments are celebrating their partnerships with communities for safe neighborhoods.
All 22 Chicago police districts hosted events at parks, police stations and other venues to give residents the opportunity to chat with officers who patrol their neighborhoods and participate in anti-violence rallies. The districts also planned various activities ranging from outdoor basketball to cookouts.
Several suburban police departments are also hosting National Night Out events this evening.
National Night Out was started in 1984 to increase community participation in crime-fighting strategies by local police departments. The effort was founded by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit crime prevention group that works with police departments nationwide.
-Chicago Tribune reporting