CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Big crowds Monday night in Chicopee for the 19th Annual Night Out Against Crime.
More than one thousand people visited Sara Jane Sherman Park for Monday night's low-key event, aimed at bringing police and the community together.
It's a fun night with a purpose. The goal is to build a trusting relationship with police, with a special emphasis on getting children familiar with their city police officers.
Chicopee Police Lt. John Pronovost told 22News, "Tons of kids here tonight. We like to try to get the kids involved when they're young so they can learn that police and know that we're here to help them. We're their friends and anytime they need anything they can come to us as a safe haven for them."
In addition to all the kids activities, there are serious adult programs as well, such as learning how to start a neighborhood watch.
The National Night Out Against Crime takes place Tuesday, and the Springfield and Agawam Police Departments have events planned then.