Enjoying a National Night Out

By Lindsay Neilsen

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 7:10 PM EDT

Southern Tier (WBNG Binghamton) The Annual National Night Out Celebration kicked off at five different parks around the Southern Tier.

The event's goal is to bring the community and law enforcement together to not only raise awareness about crime, but also reduce it.

This event is a great opportunity for people in the community to come out and interact with their local law enforcement to form closer relationships.

It's also a chance for neighbors to learn about their area's safety strategies, including increased foot and bike patrols, security cameras, and data-driven crime fighting.

In Binghamton, the city has formed a new police and neighborhood partnership to help reduce crime. City leaders hope it will open lines of communication between the police department and Binghamton's under-represented communities.

In addition to safety demonstrations, people also enjoyed free food, games, and prizes.

15,000 communities are expected to participate nationwide this year.

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