Neighbors unite for 'National Night Out' - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Neighbors unite for 'National Night Out'

Officers were on hand to answer questions. (Source: WOIO) Officers were on hand to answer questions. (Source: WOIO)
Mayor Jackson believes this event is another way for law enforcement to connect with the community. (Source: WOIO) Mayor Jackson believes this event is another way for law enforcement to connect with the community. (Source: WOIO)
The police department's robots showed what they could do. (Source: WOIO) The police department's robots showed what they could do. (Source: WOIO)
There were activities for all ages. (Source: WOIO) There were activities for all ages. (Source: WOIO)

On Tuesday, Cleveland residents were invited to participate in Mayor Frank Jackson's 31st annual "Night out against Crime." Other neighborhoods around northeast Ohio also united to take back the streets.

The "Night out against Crime" is an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together in order to shine a light on crime one block at a time, and take a stand against violence and other types of crimes in their communities. 

Events were held throughout the city featuring police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family.

The main event happened at Kerruish Park, but that wasn't the only location.

Additional locations included:

• 1st District – Cudell Recreation Center, 1810 West Boulevard
• 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway
• 3rd District – Humphrey Park
• 4th District – E. 65th & Fullerton Avenue

Determined 9-year-old Michael Moore says he wants to be in the FBI when he grows up. His mother says having a positive influence helps keep him on the right path. So she brought Michael and his older sister to Kerruish Park.

"It's kind of a cool experience what they're doing," said 11-year-old Marie Moore.

The siblings got safety IDs, including fingerprinting.

"Just in case I get kidnapped or lost," said Marie.

"People don't realize what information you'll need in the event your child goes missing," said Yvonne Pointer.

Pointer has made it her mission to bring safety awareness to people in the community after her daughter, Gloria, was murdered 30 years ago.

"I think it's about information sharing and to empower the community," said Pointer.

That empowerment was seen with items like the fire department's safety hose on display, along with the police department's robots, and officers on hand to answer questions. 

It was a family-filled event that Mayor Jackson believes is another way for law enforcement to connect with the community.

"To give a positive relationship between young people and the police," said Jackson.

For more information, call 216-664-3290. "Night out against Crime" events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power, City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.

For National Night Out sites in Akron, click here. For general information CLICK HERE.

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