At a time when tension is high between many people and police, neighborhoods across the area Tuesday, marked National Night Out.
In Rochester and the suburbs, police gathered with the people they’re sworn to serve and protect, for everything from peace walks, to cookouts.
“[The people] see law enforcement as someone who is there to protect, serve, and they are human, just like they are, and they see them as human,” said city resident, Fitzroy Burke. “It makes a huge difference.”
At the dinner at the Danforth Rec Center, residents who worry about violence and a potential divide with police, welcomed the chance to spend time with them.
“It affects my neighborhood tremendously because there have been violent crimes. There’s a lot of robberies and break-ins. the crime is out of control,” said fellow resident, Marita Smith.
This was the 33rd National Night Out.
Police say every year they gain insight into the needs and concerns of the community. The goal is to promote better partnerships.