NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Communities across the country marked the National Night Out Against Crime, an annual event focused on promoting the relationship between police and the communities they serve.
In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams was surrounded at an event in East New York, with people who need him to make a difference.
Both murders and shooting incidents are down this year over last, but many other categories are more troubling. Robbery and felony assault are both up significantly.
On Tuesday night, some of the children wore police badges to show support, and the mayor urged them to follow his own path into the NYPD.
In addition to Brooklyn, Adams attended events in all five boroughs.
Meanwhile in New Jersey, the City of Newark hosted its own event at Weequahic Park.
Attendees were be able to enjoy free food, ice cream, giveaways, music, bouncy rides, other fun and informative activities for both children and adults.
Newark's Police Division displayed its Emergency Services Unit and equipment, police horses, motorcycles, police boat, bomb truck, segway device, and command post vehicle.
The Fire Division displayed its command vehicle, a HAZMAT vehicle, and its historic vintage fire engine.
The event was free and ran from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The National Night Out Against Crime was founded in 1984.
It is held every year on the first Tuesday of August and aims to build camaraderie between communities and law enforcement.