Police departments and communities across the country celebrate ‘National Night Out’

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A police officer in Gary, IN gives a sticker to a boy on National Night Out in 2015.

Police departments and communities across the country are celebrating National Night Out today.

The day is designed to build community spirit, boost crime prevention and strengthen police-community relations.

Many people associate National Night Out with leaving a porch light on, but the national program has grown to include a variety of community events that provide opportunities for residents, law enforcement and local government leaders to interact.

This is the 33rd year for National Night Out and about 16,500 communities have registered for this year’s campaign.

The day is always held on the first Tuesday of August and thousands of communities will be hosting cookouts, block parties and parades to promote police-community relations.

Click here to learn more about National Night Out.