It's a night aimed at building partnerships between residents and police.
Tuesday marked National Night Out Against Crime, and people right here in Michiana took a stand.
Several police departments used the opportunity to tear down barriers between them and area kids.
It is a night where men in uniform do not signal trouble, but instead a chance to make a friend.
Brandi Miller says, “They might be afraid of a uniform, have had bad experiences...this shows them police can do things in fun friendly atmosphere... They can walk up to them.”
For National Night Out, the Saint Joseph County Police Department filled Memorial Park with a bounce house, rock climbing wall and rides.
Matt Blank says, “It’s really neat to connect with the kids. A lot of times when law enforcement has interaction with the public it’s not always positive thing... This is great opportunity for them to come out especially the kids and see we are normal people too.”
An officer was showing a boy how to put on SWAT gear and a firefighter was letting a little girl extinguish a pretend fire.
Jessica Feathers says, “I think that’s a fabulous idea. We teach our girls that police officers are friends... But it’s nice for them to see so many of them here in our town and be able to interact with them on a more personal level.”
Carol Meyers says, “So the kids aren't afraid of police men… that they are good people and there to help them.”
Tuesday night, South Bend held a similar event where kids learned what special police vehicles do.
Deputy Mayor Mark Neal was also on hand for the night out.