RICHMOND, Va -- National Night Out officially starts this Tuesday, but to get the word out, there was a kick off at the Forest Hill Avenue Target this afternoon.
Officers were there handing out things like crime prevention materials and engaging with the neighborhood. National Night Out brings police and neighbors together in the community to support crime prevention.
Law enforcement stressed that partnering up with the people in the area is a powerful tool when it comes to preventing crime from happening.
“The police are no stronger than the community, the communities are the ones who know it all, know what’s going on, good and bad,” said Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr.
Although the event brings out a crowd each year, Woody said there’s something they would like to see more of. "I would like to see more of the teenagers between 17 and 21 get more involved with the national night out.”
Woody emphasized that age group are the future leaders of the community.
There will be several National Night Out events throughout the Richmond area, for more information on the events, locations, times, and dates, click here.