Hundreds attend National Night Out Against Crime event in Yonkers

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Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday for the National Night Out Against Crime event in Yonkers.

The event allows police to interact with the residents they're sworn to protect. National Night Out Against Crime is a tradition that has been going on for 36 years.

The Yonkers event is one of many that took place throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Those who came out for the event were treated to helicopter landings, and tons of food and games for the entire family.

Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller tells News 12 the event is especially important in light of the fatal shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

"The key for us is to be as prepared as we can and be able to handle things when bad things do happen," says Mueller. "But in the meantime, it's always about building those relationships with the community, always about paying it forward."

Officials say they hope National Night Out Against Crime will inspire more community policing. Officials say in order for police to be successful, there needs to be a relationship with the community.

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