CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Law enforcement was out in full force Tuesday for National Night Out, a yearly event that brings officers together with their communities to promote crime prevention.
"Events like this are how we get on a first name basis with residents, with neighbors, folks on the beat, and that's what it's about," says Sergeant Trevor Shelor with the Charleston Police Department.
Kids swarmed Charleston Police officers at the department's first stop on the peninsula. National Night Out is an annual event across the country, all about fighting crime. Shelor says that can't be done without the public's help.
"We can't get that information unless people trust us to do something with it, and it not come back on them."
Bridgeview Village resident Natasha Smith stopped by with her two children. She says nothing is more important to her than their safety.
"Every single community, whether good or bad, they need something positive like this."
The complex made headlines recently after a teenager shot himself during a confrontation with police.
"They see them sometimes in a negative light after something happens, but it's really important they can just put that ease on them as far as their safety is concerned," says Smith.
The property's manager says this is the second year they have taken part. She hopes to make it an annual tradition as does the police department whose officers patrol the area.
"It's something very positive so that they can come and talk to police officers without us having to talk to them in a negative venue," says Hiawatha Addison, the complex's manager. "This is positive because they can talk to them, see what's going on, and just the community can come out and talk to each other."