Tri-State's 29th annual 'National Night Out' kicks off

Tri-State's 29th annual 'National Night Out' kicks off

(FOX19) - Practically every major city in the Tri-State held an event Tuesday night in an effort to form a closer bond between officers and the people they serve.

'National Night Out' kicked off throughout many neighborhoods around town, from District 1 to Goshen to Middletown.

The event promotes safe neighborhoods, generates support for anti-crime programs and is an opportunity for police to talk with members of the neighborhood and be viewed in a positive light, instead of the typical negative crime situation.

Hundreds filled the Kroger parking lot on Ferguson Road for Price Hill's version of 'National Night Out'.

Hosted by Cincinnati Police District 3, the celebration centered around several community leaders making a splash in the dunk tank.

City council members P.G. Sittenfeld and Christopher Smitherman volunteered to be dunked.

"It's just a great time for our community to get together," said Smitherman.

"I was glad to lend a hand tonight to be dunked and it was a lot of fun."

District 3 Capt. Neville and Cincinnati Fire Ladder 24 Capt. Pretty also took a few dunks in the tank.

Last year, 'National Night Out' impacted 15,000 communities and more than 35 million people participated.

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