PEORIA, Ill. — The 36th national night out against crime brought thousands of communities together.
This event was expected to bring out about 38 million people across the country and families in Peoria added to that number.
Tuesday, neighbors celebrated harmony within the neighborhood by having a good time and enjoying others’ company.
Families splashed in a swimming pool, enjoyed food and got faces their painted, free school supplies were also provided to kids about to start classes.
The night is about promoting safety awareness and the families who came out say they believe more events like these are needed in the community.
“I think that it’s unfortunate that we only do it this night. I think awareness of national night out against crime is something that should be done all the time,” event organizer Jonelle McCloud said.
“People [are] scared to bring their kids outside so for them to actually have something going on in the community, going on everywhere it’s a great thing for them. They have fun, they enjoy themselves and eat and have fun,” Dytrika Jones of Peoria said.
Since this campaign encourages police-community relations, a few officers with the Peoria police department came out to interact with the public.