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National Night Out Unites Police and Residents

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LAS VEGAS -- Police departments across the valley are wrapping up a night of being out in full force. Instead, officers weren't responding to crimes as they spent time building relationships with the people they serve.

National Night Out encourages both police and the community to work together to help solve and prevent crime.

In an area that's seen it share of violent crime recently, residents are ready to take back their eastside community.

Alma Pullman has lived in the Las Vegas valley for 40 years and said events like National Night Out underscore the positive impact the police are having with turning the area around along with creating trust with law enforcement.

"It's kind of sad, you know drugs have taken over the kids, and crime and stuff," Pullman said. "Because they need to know, that they are on our side keeping us safe and are here for protection."

Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie said the relationship with the community is vital as it takes everyone's help to keep an eye out for crime.

"We only have at the Metropolitan Police Department roughly 2,500 police officers but we know there are 2 million people that live in this valley, they are your eyes and your ears," Gillespie said. "Letting the community know that we are their police department and in your time of need, we want you to call us and feel comfortable calling us."

Nancy Oldham has been working to turn around the east side of Las Vegas for nearly two decades and said seeing this kind of turn out would have been unheard of five to ten years ago.

"It shows people that the policemen have heart and they do care for their people," Oldham said. "You don't see it all the time, because they're busy." "I love seeing the policemen out here and the firemen, it's fantastic."

For the officers who put their lives on the line to protect their community, it's a chance to let people know they will be there whenever they're needed.

North Las Vegas Police held their National Night Out event tonight.

Henderson Police will hold theirs in October.

This was the 30th anniversary of the event.

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