RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – As the police sirens sounded National Night Out was in full effect. Hundreds of people gathered at the Southwood neighborhood's event in efforts of joining together to fight crime.
"It shows community togetherness," said National Night Out volunteer, Miade Johnette. "Camaraderie, teamwork and just being a part of something bigger than us as an individual."
From a live band to live performances, the night was about uniting the neighborhood with the police department. Chief Bryan Norwood believes that his mission.
"This is what we work for," said Chief Norwood. "This is exactly what we work for."
"National Night Out is so important to give all of the Richmond Police Department, the partners an opportunity to come into communities instead of arresting," said event attendee, Clovia Lawrence. "They are actually coming into communities. They are hugging, shaking hands."
And there even events for the little ones like face painting. At an early age, police are using this night as a time to educate teens about a crime free life. And by the looks of things Norwood feels they're headed in the right direction.