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Las Vegas police hopes event will break down barriers

Posted: 11:14 PM, Jul 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-22 08:14:54-04

A cookout was held Saturday in the northwest valley to the bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement.

"That they can go home with security and know that it's all going to be all right," says Brian Brunson, organizer. 

The event partnered up with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for the 4th annual Take Your City Event at Pioneer Park.

It's all to create a positive space for neighbors and law enforcement officers to meet face to face.

"It lets the city know that we're not just here to lock people up but we're here to reach out and make an impact."

Dozens and dozens of families turned out for the event including Jason Glaster, who attended with his son.

"It makes you feel safe, to see your kids out here playing and just to see the community come together and everyone know each other."

Organizers are hoping these kinds of events will spark conversations and new friendships that will extend beyond today. 

"We want to go out together, and let's have lunch, let's have dinner let's go hang out with each other and build a relationship," says Brunson. 

Organizers say the ultimate goal is to continue these kinds of events across the valley and plan on hosting another sometime in October.