Topeka ranks 5th in the nation for National Night Out participation

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- Topeka ranked fifth in the nation last August by a total percentage involved with a population of 100,000 to 300,000.

According to their website: "National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community."

Millions of people take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states on the first Tuesday in August.

The event gives law enforcement and neighbors a chance to enhance their relationship through different social events like cookouts and block parties.

The main goal of the program is to lower crime by establishing positive relationships within the community.

Judy Wilson, Night Out Coordinator, believes that by bringing the community together, crime rates are more likely to go down.

"If the neighbors know each other, crime is reduced. All of us are kind of the eyes and ears for the police department so if we can help them, then we can reduce crime overall."

Safe Street is already seeing a lot of interest for the event next August with over 30 different communities already signed up to participate.