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Town Square celebrates National Night Out

Safety also starts at home and Metro Police hosted events all across southern Nevada Tuesday night.  

Reaching out to neighbors in an informal, but still, informative way is effective for local law enforcement.

It was a block party at town square as families spent time getting to know police, fire officials, and even the FBI that serve southern Nevada.

“We really believe that if we break down barriers within our community and get to know your neighbors especially in a surrounding like this there's really no better way to get to know each other,” Metro Captain Kelly McMahill said.

Building trust and improving relationships can lead to stronger neighborhoods. For kids like Makaio Wooten it starts with being comfortable with someone in uniform.

“Law enforcement and officers are our friends we should just shake hands with them,” Wooten said. “My mom would tell me go shake hands with the officer, so I don’t get nervous.” 

Wooten talked to 8 News NOW after visiting the face painting booth and then it was off to the dunk tank. The evening is part carnival and part crime prevention for everyone.

First responders also shared the tools they use to do their job and the public gaining a better understanding of how we can all work together. 

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