Updated 08/07/2012 07:30 PM
Vestal Police host National Night Out
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Police in Vestal hosted National Night Out and the 15th annual Cruise-In and Cook-Out Tuesday night. The aim is to focus on crime and drug prevention awareness while strengthening neighborhoods.
Police officers inspected car seats, as well as provided child ID kits and more.
The fire department and emergency squad also stopped by to talk with people.
Last year, more than 37 million people participated in more than 15,000 towns across the United States and Canada.
Vestal police say the event means a lot to them.
"It is an event where the law enforcement and first responders can be approached by community members and see we're approachable. On the other hand, we raise money for a great place, Broome County Crime Victim's Assistance Center. We've been successful every year donating to them after the event," Vestal Police Sgt. Christopher Streno said.
National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August every year to bring citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups and others together to discuss ways to improve their communities.