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National Night Out Against Crime

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Law enforcement agencies county wide held a Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday.

For decades the San Diego Police Department has joined the thousands of communities across the country for National Night Out Against Crime. 

"The only way to keep your neighborhood safe is to work together," said Becky Brombach. 

Community members from South Bay, National City to City Heights, received the chance to see some of the tools agencies use like SWAT vans and remote-controlled robots.

"Instead of being out with the homies, and doing drugs, I am out here doing positive things," said Chava Robles. 

Chava Robles is an at-risk teen who joined Youth Empowerment, an organization mentoring teens in a positive environment. 

Organizers said it is also an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other and talk with their local law enforcement officers about any concerns.

More than 37 million families across the nation are building relationships with police during National Night Out.

"What's going good? How can we do better, and just have a one-on-one conversation. We're human just like you guys, and we're willing to listen, sit down and get our hands dirty and work together," said Capt. Theresa Adams-Hydar.  

National City Police Chief Manuel Rodriguez said, "With what is going on in the country with the lack of trust with the police I think this really helps build community trust."

"Public safety is a shared responsibility, between the police department and the community. Coming together, working together in a cooperative collaborative relationship," said SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman.  

In April, Sandag reported San Diego crime had hit a 35-year low last year. 

To learn more about how to get involved, preventing crime and a neighborhood watch click here

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