Cops & community team up against crime

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It was something to see: police officers sharing hamburgers with happy kids.

But that was just one of many pleasant sights one spied upon as cops and Brooklyn Heights residents took back the streets Tuesday during the 26th Annual National Night Out Against Crime celebration.

Dozens of residents joined cops from the 84th Precinct for the annual neighborhood party at Borough Hall Plaza where grilled delights, treats and other goodies were doled out.

Beaming with pride, everyone toasted their unified efforts in bringing down crime in the area -- an effort backed up by official NYPD statistics.

Since the first National Night Out was established back in the early 1980s, residents have gathered to heighten crime and drug awareness, learn about local anti-crime programs and strengthen both neighborhood spirit and the bonds between the community and their NYPD protectors.

National Night Out Against Crime events were held all over the borough. Throughout the night, police handed out reams of important information about how you can better protect your homes, cars and property. Event attendees are also encouraged to enroll in special NYPD programs.

Updated 3:34 pm, October 19, 2011
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