NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) – Neighbors and law enforcement officials gathered Tuesday evening in communities across the country as part of a national campaign to strengthen relationships, educate and have a little fun.

It’s called “National Night Out.”

"I think people don't really trust the police. I think, they think they're bad guys, but not all police are like that,” 11-year-old Taylor Arrington said.

In Newport News, several community groups held the national event to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. People said over the years, it's events like this that help everyone, including police officers, to work as a team.

"When they come out like this, we know we have someone we can trust. You have to build up a trust somewhere,” a community member said.

Donald Greathouse with the Newport News Police Department said he wants these events to continue for years to come to show people police officers are there to help.

"We are their friends. We want them to trust us and we want their parents to trust us. We are going to do the right things and help them with what issues they are having," Greathouse said.