Food, games, and car shows were among the activities in several Lake County towns as local police hosted gatherings Tuesday to strengthen bonds with their communities.
National Night Out is a nationwide event intended to help strengthen cooperation between police departments and other crime-prevention organizations and the communities they serve, heighten crime and drug-prevention awareness, and promote community spirit.
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The event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
Local residents gathered at area parks, police stations, bandshells and church parking lots to enjoy K-9 demonstrations, and participate in volleyball tournaments and various hands-on activities.
The villages of Antioch, Lincolnshire, Mundelein, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park and Vernon Hills participated in the annual event.