LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For nearly 40 years, law enforcement agencies across the country have been participating in National Night Out and the LAPD and other local agencies are continuing the tradition tonight.
Millions join in on the festivities across thousands of communities from all over the country. The LAPD has numerous events planned around the city Tuesday evening with many of them beginning around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.
The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen police and community partnerships and make neighborhoods safer.
According to an Eyewitness News analysis, homicides in Los Angeles reached its highest level in years during the first half of 2022. There were 181 homicides in the first six months of 2022 compared to 180 on the first six of 2021.
By building a better relationship between officers and community members, National Night Out organizers hope to create safer neighborhoods and to increase crime and drug prevention.
The free events are family-friendly and will include activities like bounce houses for kids, cornhole, a chance to meet with local first responders and more.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will also be visiting two of the local events Tuesday night. He will discuss safety, crime prevention and the importance of strengthening the relationship between communities and law enforcement.