Taking a walk in local law enforcement's shoes

By Jillian Marshall

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM EDT

(WANG Binghamton) National Night Out takes place in nearly 16,000 cities across the United States. Two local municipalities are made sure theirs stood out and impacted the future of their community.

Vestal and Endicott held their Nigh Out event Tuesday night.

Organizers of both say it's to help cut back on crime and introduce law enforcement to the community in a positive way that will make the community, especially the youth, comfortable to talking to police or the fire department.

"I think any interaction with the police will help ignite the desire to be a good citizen, to live in a good manner and follow the rules and the laws," said Endicott Police Lt. Charles Smales.

Vestal celebrated their 16th annual National Night Out. There was a child I.D. station, a car seat check and even a dunk tank. The night was meant for the community to have fun and learn about their community law enforcement in case of an emergency.

"They become more familiar with us and in crime situations or emergency situations, they know what they can expect from us," said Brian Thorick of the Vestal Police Department.

All proceeds raised at Vestal went to the Crime Victim's Assistance Center.

National Night Out takes place the second Tuesday of August every year.