National Night Out events held tonight

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - National Night Out is a concept where police and neighbors come together to get to know each other.

The goal is for everyone to work together to stop crime. This will be the 28th year for this event.

It heightens crime and drug prevention awareness, generates support and participation in anti-crime programs, and it strengthens neighborhood spirit.

The event is meant to send a message to criminals that the neighborhood is fighting back.

Although the main goal is to help end crime, there is also fun. Neighborhoods will have block parties and cookouts.

The big event starts tonight at 5 p.m. and ends around 8:15 p.m.

National Night Out has been proven to be a success in dozens of communities. Although it's just celebrated one night, the benefits last all year.

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