More and more law enforcement is trying to build relationships with the community they protect and serve.
Tuesday night was the 35th celebration of National Night Out.
“I want unity most of all. I want it to be a place that we can have where my children can still ride their bikes to the park which I did while I grew up,” said James Camm, a Lynchburg resident.
James Camm is a life long resident of Lynchburg.
He says he is proud to see his community and law enforcement come out to support an event like this one.
“Knowing your community, having a personal relationship with them, also enforcing the law,” said James Camm, a Lynchburg resident.
“Without trust, we’re not going to solve crime out there. We have to have that so we are here today just really getting to know people, shaking hands and introducing ourselves to the community,” said Sgt. Jeffry Rater with the Lynchburg Police Department.
Sergeant Jeffry Rater with the Lynchburg Police Department says he hopes event’s like the National Night Out will make people see that law enforcement are people too.
They want the community’s trust.
“We have to rely more on community to again solve crimes and the community to be our eyes and ears out there,” said Sgt. Jeffry Rater with the Lynchburg Police Department.
Other residents say they want to see the community come together.
“I would like to see everybody communicate and work well together,” said Tommy Patrick, a Lynchburg resident.
“You can just see everyone having a great time, I think that’s what it’s all about,” said Sgt. Jeffry Rater with the Lynchburg Police Department.