For the third year, the Amarillo Police Department is cultivating relationships by participating in National Night Out.

"The Amarillo Police Department wants to encourage everyone to take part in the event. There are events in several neighborhoods and it’s not too late to start an event in yours if you are interested," said APD Corporal Jeb Hilton. "Our hope with this yearly event is to build neighborhood camaraderie and drive down crime."

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, NNO is a neighborhood watch program aimed at bringing neighbors together with the police officers who serve and protect them. Nationally, the event is in its 35th year.

"The more vested you are in your neighborhood and the better you know your neighbors, the less crime you will have," Hilton said.

NNO is always held on the first Tuesday of October. Most of the events are slated to being around 6 p.m. APD officers are invited to attend the police-community partnership events by neighborhood organizers. The APD is hoping to see an increase of participation, which this year is in 21 neighborhoods.

"Some neighborhoods will have a cook out or pot luck at a central location, some will meet at the neighborhood park and others will just get out and walk the neighborhood to get to know their neighbors," Hilton said. "The main thing is getting outside, locking your doors, turning on your outside lights, and getting to know the people in your community."