26th Annual National Night Out

The 26th annual National Night Out Against Crime takes place in communities across the nation tonight, but activities are already underway in places like the Wright Brothers Playground in Washington Heights. The 33rd Precinct event brought together police and neighborhood residents over free boxed lunches, music and plenty of community outreach. Deputy Inspector Joe Dowling says an involved community is crucial for reducing crime.

DOWLING: We have a lot of hard working, good people that live and work in our community. And what it is, is the parents and children coming out and saying, "We've had enough with crime and we want to make our community better."

The National Night Out aims to heighten awareness about crime and strengthen partnerships between law enforcement and communities.