BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A vital part of law enforcement’s success is being able to rely on community members and vice versa, so events like National Night Out are crucial.
National Night Out was started back in the 80s, and it serves as a chance for police officers to get to know the community they serve, and can help build positive relationships.
In New York alone, there were 119 different departments participating, including the Endicott, Johnson City, and Vestal departments in addition to the larger events held in Binghamton.
Officers said building positive relationships like this actually lowers crime rates in the area.
“Let them know who we are and that we’re actual people and just really kind of empower them so that they feel safe in their communities and that they trust us, and we trust them, and we work together to try to keep crime out of their neighborhoods,” said Chris Bracco, an investigator with the Binghamton Police Department.
Rain washed out many of the later activities, but participants still had the chance to eat some free food, watch various canine demonstrations and get to know one another a little better.