KENNEWICK, Wash.--This is the 24th year Kennewick Police have taken part in "National Night Out," an event creating awareness and relationships between communities and law enforcement. For police, it's a gathering where the department is showcased, creating an up close and personal community experience.
"It's a great opportunity for us to get together with the citizens and for the citizens to get together with their neighbors," says Ofc. Allan Knox. And it kinda shows ourselves and each other, we're all kinda united front against crime in the area.
Earlier today at the Hawaiian Village apartments in Kennewick, preparations were underway. Banners are posted on the side of this building. There's even a sign near the rental office sending a strong message to criminals.
"Makes you aware of the crime and hopefully it gets through to everyone who is here," says Ella Rasmussen.
This is the 7th time Hawaiian Village has hosted "National Night Out." According to Manager Denise Lathim, it won't be the last time either. It's purpose serves a greater good.
"It helps build the relationship with the local law enforcement," says Denise Lathim. I believe it helps develop a sense of unity within the community here."