National Night Out aims to bring police and neighbors together

Posted at 4:17 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 16:19:41-04

Making our communities safer and building a stronger relationship between residents and police — those are the goals behind National Night Out, taking place across the country and in Northeast Ohio Tuesday. 

OPEN M in Akron had 300 to 500 people gather for the event last year. They're expecting similar crowds Tuesday.

Kids and families can enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers and music. 

In Cuyahoga County, there will be events in Lyndhurst, South Euclid, Mayfield Heights and Richmond Heights.

The City of Cleveland alone has events in all five districts. 

In Akron, 15 sites are taking part.

At OPEN M, backpacks, books, shoes and pencils are being given away.   

Beyond that, National Night Out is meant to bring police, prosecutors, judges and families together to urge violence-free communities, encourage everyone to watch out for their neighbors and take a stand against crime and drug abuse.