Bernard C. Young

Neighborhoods prepare for annual National Night Out

Neighborhoods prepare for annual National Night Out

City officials and residents in dozens of neighborhoods Tuesday will participate in National Night Out, a collection of events meant to improve community-police relations in a year Baltimore has seen more than 200 homicides.

Community gatherings around the city and across Maryland will feature block parties, games and food. The events are intended to help increase cooperation between citizens and law enforcement officials. National Night Out has occurred throughout the country on the first Tuesday in August for more than 30 years.

"It's a great opportunity to interact with local police districts and see a lot of different, fun things," Baltimore Police spokesman T.J....