LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Connecting cops and the community is the goal of several National Night Out events happening around the Valley Tuesday.
Along with fun and food, National Night Out helps to build partnerships between Las Vegas Metro Police and the public.
The events are designed to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention, boost support for anti-crime programs, and give the community tips on how to protect their neighborhoods.
“It was actually pretty fun,” Marcel Garcia an event attendee said. “It’s fun to meet some of the police officers.”
“The kids can get more comfortable. Letting them know that police are great people, they’re there for us,” added Maria Sanchez who also attended the event.
The latest numbers from Metro show homicides in Las Vegas are up 67% compared to this time last year, with more murders in 9 of the 10 area commands, including the northeast.
“Definitely it’s concerning,” added Sanchez.
Metro Police hope events like National Night Out will help combat these crimes.
“It’s a disturbing trend that we see. But by coming together, we can have a positive impact on those crimes, knowing where they’re occurring, partnering with our business stakeholders, our community stakeholders,” said Capt. Chris Holmes from the Northeast Area Bureau Command for Metro.
Capt. Holmes adds that nights like this can make a huge difference.
“By coming together, we can have a positive impact on those crimes, knowing where they’re occurring, partnering with our business stakeholders, our community stakeholders,” he said.
Metro tells 8 News Now they will continue to connect with the community during their First Tuesday events.