Police precincts take part in National Night Out

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EAST NEW YORK -

NYPD precincts and the people they serve came together Tuesday for the National Night Out.

Held the first Tuesday of August every year, the goal of National Night Out is to work toward creating safer neighborhoods by meeting with community members.

In East New York, the 75th Precinct's event at Robert E. Venable Park honored the man whom the park was named after. Venable was fatally shot in the line of duty in 1987. His family joined police officers, business leaders and community members for the event that featured food, music, activities for kids and more.

Three young women from the community, who are soon heading off to college, received $500 in scholarship money. Local leaders said they donated the funds to show that working hard and getting involved in the community does pay off.

Organizers said they hoped to show the community's youth that violence is not the answer.

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