Neighborhoods and communities all across the Brazos Valley gathered for National Night Out on Tuesday.
Texas A&M's University Police Department held their event at the University Apartment's Community Center. Officials say the goal was to inform the community about crime prevention and anti-crime programs.
Refreshments were served and there were plenty of fun games for the kids. Officials say Nation Night Out really helps with police efforts.
"They're very effective. They bring a more heightened sense of awareness to the entire community for their own safety and also from a crime prevention standpoint. It also builds a big relationship between the community and police," said Allan Baron with UPD Crime Prevention.
While National Night Out has become a regular occasion across the country, one Brazos Valley town experienced it's first one tonight.
Hearne residents celebrated National Night out this evening at East Side Park.
Residents we're given the chance to meet with local police and firefighters from the Hearne community.
"I love it when the community comes together. I mean that's what thrills me as mayor is everyone coming together for one cause," said Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez.
Residents were also able to get an up close look at equipment used by the police and fire departments.