CLEVELAND -- Neighbors across Northeast Ohio took a stand Tuesday for the annual National Night Out Against Crime program.
This marked the 30th anniversary of the event which aims to get people more involved in their communities.
"I think right now the atmosphere is at peak level where people really do want to get involved," said Deputy Chief Angel Morales, with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police department.
"Events like these they're very important but even more so for the Cleveland area in light of what we've had happen on the west side with Gina and the other girls, and then the homicides that we've had on the east side," he said.
National night has traditionally helped to bridge the gap between neighbors and police so they can form a unified front against crime.
At the Heritage View Community Center on Kinsman Road dozens turned out Tuesday night to support the program.
"We're a stakeholder in the community," said Jan Ridgeway, who lives not far from the center.
"I think that it's an opportunity not only for the community to get to know each other but to get to know some of the issues in the community."