Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. Photo by Bethany Raja/WYPR.

On Tuesday night, the 500 block of Wilson Street was buzzing with a crowd of Baltimore residents and law enforcement officers who gathered for National Night Out. The annual event began in 1984, to bring law enforcement officers and community members together.

This year, there have been more than 200 homicides in Baltimore which is on track to outpace last year which had 300 homicides. Efforts to curb such crime include Mayor Brandon Scott’s comprehensive violence prevention plan.

The three pillars of that plan include: a public health approach to violence, community engagement through interagency collaboration but also evaluation and accountability.

Scott said those three things need to happen in order to fulfill his administration’s mission of a safer Baltimore.

“It takes a genuine community effort of all of us to take responsibility for what’s happening in our neighborhoods and change things for the better,” he said. “We can strengthen our neighborhoods and pave the way towards a Baltimore where everyone feels safe and protected, regardless of race, ethnicity or zip code.”

National Night Out is an example of the partnership to improve public safety in the city, said Shantay Jackson, director of the mayor’s office of neighborhood safety and engagement.

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