COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The 35th annual National Night Out is now complete.
National Night Out is an event that helps bring the police and the community together to build bonds and help fight crime.
“Over the last three or four years they have just grown and gotten bigger and more attendance and so we are looking forward to a really good one this year,” said Franklinton community member Trent Smith.
For the past eight years, Smith has helped lead this community event. He has watched it grow and build community relationships.
Community liaison officer Kelly Shay says she’s lucky to be a part of it all.
“It’s a growing community and very dynamic diverse community. It has been fun to see all the new life that is being breathed into the community,” said Shay.
More than 150 community events were held throughout Columbus Tuesday night.
“Community policing is more important now than ever because the cops can’t be everywhere all the time, so the more that the citizens of the neighborhood can get involved and get to know the police officers that are patrolling the streets and become familiar with them, the more they are willing to give information that can help solve crime,” said Smith.
In the city’s west side, Barbara Monk hosted a National Night Out event in her front yard.
This is the eighth year in which she organized the event, for the Brookshire neighborhood.
“I just hope that everybody comes together, gets to know each other and watches out for each other,” Monk said. “We work together to keep our neighborhood safe.”
Monk is hopeful more National Night Out events will arise, next year.
“If you like your neighborhood and you want to keep it safe for your family, it’s the way to go,” she said.