National Night Out Across East Texas

Neighbors joined together to get to know each other, eat a little barbecue, but most importantly, to send criminals a message, that they're not putting up with crime in their neighborhoods anymore.  Block parties were underway all over East Texas as part of the 20th year for National Night Out. There were more than 65 parties in Tyler alone. Over on Dinah street, while the kids played a little baseball, the adults got each other's e-mail addresses, so they can address each others' concerns in the neighborhood. On McCullah street, folks gathered for a little basketball and dominoes. This kind of atmosphere gave residents a chance to talk casually with police officers and with each other. Officers with the Tyler Police Department say a lot of neighborhood crime watches were born out of this annual event.

In Longview, there were 82 places where neighbors came together. Police officers made the rounds, getting to know those they serve, in a one on one setting. On High street, about 30 people got together in a carnival type atmosphere. One kid was designated a policeman's pal by an officer passing through. On Ann street, another two dozen people got together, all working to show unity in their neighborhood.

It's estimated thousands of East Texans participated in this year's event.