Communities across Michigan will be marking National Night Out this week.
National Night Out is intended to encourage people to get out of their homes and meet their neighbors.
Flint is holding a community party downtown today.
Flint community leaders hope this week’s National Night Out will help them battle the city’s crime problem. Flint has recorded three dozen homicides this year.
Mayor Dayne Walling hopes events like National Night Out will help local police and neighborhood watch groups work more closely together.
“The police are working hard every day. Our residents are dealing with their difficult issues,” says Walling, “When we all come together, share information, have a level of trust, understand the needs on both sides, then we can get more cases solved more quickly.”
Detroit, Dearborn, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are among the Michigan communities planning National Night Out events this week.