National Night Out

A message was sent Tuesday night to criminals all across the nation. Area communities came together to fight back against crime. Fighting crime has probably never been this fun.

Justin Dixon, a Tallahassee resident, says, "I built this toolbox and I went into the firehouse and the weather house. I'm having fun out here. It's a lot of people and a lot of good food."

Justin joined citizens and law enforcement at Tom Brown Park Tuesday for the "National Night Out Against Crime." The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen police/community partnerships.

Walter McNeil, Tallahassee Police Chief, says, "We have been celebrating for the last five years how crime has gone down in Tallahassee and Leon County, so this reaffirms that these citizens are serious about crime and they're going to do everything that we can do to make sure that crime gets out of our community."

The night's message to criminals that communities are fighting back is a serious one, but citizens also had fun. There was free food, music and activities.

Ryan Dunphy, event coordinator of the Tallahassee Police Department, says, "We're just trying to get everybody involved and everybody out here. Anything that we can think of to get everybody together and having a good time, that's what's here."

The National Night Out concluded with a flashlight walk, which symbolizes the Tallahassee community shining a light on crime.

This is the 22nd National Night Out, and Tallahassee's second time participating in the nationwide event. Quincy and Thomasville also held "night out" events Tuesday evening.