Communities gathered around Texas tonight to celebrate National Night Out. A night designated to bridge the gap between first responders and the communities they serve.

“It’s just a community wide effort,” said Sally Andrews of Vidor ISD, who helped put on the event. “Which is the whole point of National Night Out is to build good will between the community and the police department.”

The event is also to bring neighbors together that might not meet otherwise. Sgt. Aleta Cappen with Vidor Police Department says that she believes the relationships formed tonight can help cut down on crime.

“We absolutely do see an increase in knowing your neighbors, and then being able to reach out to them, and knowing who belongs in your neighborhood and who doesn’t,” said Sgt. Cappen.

With the strained relationship between the public and the police in many areas across the United States, Scot Shaffer and the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce decided to hold their first National Night Out event.

“Anytime you can pull a community together to anything it’s going to build community relationships,” said Shaffer. “I mean there is only one way to build and that’s to get people together. In my belief I think it’s what we are supposed to do as a community. Get outside of our homes. Get outsides of our neighborhoods. Come together. Either if it’s supporting one cause or the other. Getting together that is what we should be doing. So I think it’s going to be a good thing."