Springfield’s South End community had the opportunity to meet local police officers and strengthen ties with neighbors Friday night.
The city’s 35th Annual National Night Out celebration was held at the South End Community Center, after being rained out earlier this week.
413 Families, a community-based organization, provided a book and backpack giveaway for children. Kids had the chance to learn how to play bocce and shoot some hoops before a free showing of “Jumanji.”
South End C-3 police civilian coordinator Yolanda Cancel told 22News, “It’s like that one night or one day, that every community from all around the country comes together and gives back.”
National Night Out events are held by police departments across the country to promote positive police-community partnerships.
More than 38 million people celebrated National Night Out this year.