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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Dozens of 'Night Out Against Crime' events took place across the metro area on Tuesday night, from Orleans to Jefferson to St. Tammany parishes.

Many of the community-centered celebrations were held in parks, churches, community centers and front porches.

'It's good to have, it brings a lot of people out and it brings them together,' said Chris Ferrand.

NOPD officers went door-to-door inviting citizens to a National Night Out Against Crime event just around the corner from Ferrand's Treme home.

'Food, talk, a little conversation. You get a chance to meet a lot of people and that shows you how close people can get together, if they want to,' said Ferrand about the events aimed at uniting neighbors.

City leaders and community members packed the parking lot of St. Peter Claver Church in Treme on Tuesday night. New Orleanians teaming up to say enough is enough.

'We've had killings just around the corner. We have shootings around here...This tells the neighborhood, we're here to stay and we want you our of the neighborhood if you're going to be involved in crime,' said Rev. Michael Jacques with St. Peter Claver Church.

The annual event normally happens in the summer time, but this year it was held in October to take advantage of cooler temperatures and hopefully get more people involved.

'Public safety is the most important thing in the city. If you don't feel safe, you can't be free. It's one of these things that everyone has to work on together,' said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

In Marrero, the Lincolnshire community organization held its own Night Out Against Crime event. The West Bank neighborhood has seen its fair share of crime.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says 70 Night Out Against Crime events were organized on Tuesday night across the Parish.

'It's important for people to just get to know one another, communicate with one another,' said Sheriff Newell Normand, who made the rounds talking to citizens about making what is wrong in our community, right.

'If we only accept on our block what we accept in our home, we'd be a much better community for it,' said Sheriff Normand.

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