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National Night Out
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It was a night for fun and food, but most of all it was a night to recognize the common bonds that tie us together.
"I was at another party and met a woman there whose daughter I worked with way back in high school," said Officer Shannon Stokesberry with the Cedar Rapids police department.
National Night Out provides a little something for everyone.
For residents, it's a chance to say hello to good friends.
"It's nice to get the neighbors together and help each other," resident Geri Walter said.
It's also an opportunity to make new friends in law enforcement. That's the goal for officers like Stokesberry
As she drove from location to location, it was all about strengthening that bond between officer and resident.
"Just getting to know the people, hearing about what's going on in their neighborhoods, what's going good and also what's going bad," Stokesberry said.
Those interactions don't just benefit residents.
"That's how we get our information, because we can't have police officers everywhere all the time, so we need our citizens around the city," Stokesberry said.
Of course that all depends on trust - trust that is built one brownie, one handshake and one smile at a time.
"We are glad they participate and they come out and see us," Walter said.
Fourteen neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids participated in this year's National Night Out.